El Solo

El Solo Photo


Embedded in the northern borderline between Argentina and Chile lies El Solo, also known as Cerro Solo,  a large startovolcano composed of nine eruptive centers.   Light-colored rhydodacitic pyroclastic-flow deposit lie atop the stratovolcano in the Ojos del Salado region.  A light blanket of snow caps the summit of El Solo as well.  It juts more than 6190 meters into the sky and is  the sight of major pyroclastic flows that flow into adjacent valleys as well as holocene eruptions.  It’s massive structure and beauty are emanate, however, its activity is virtually nonexistent.  It’s last recorded eruption is completely unknown and the stratovolcano remains positively quiescent.

Alexis Franklin

March 2, 2011


One Response to “El Solo”

  1. Alan Bates Says:

    Hi Alexis!

    Another new “face”. Another (to me) unknown volcano! Good to see another “unsafe” choice (safe choices to me are where access to information is widely available and the volcano changes frequently so always something to talk about). I find unsafe choices more interesting – 27 posts, one after the other on Mt Etna could get a bit much!

    A few points:

    * Beware the trimming of the photo. You lost the actual peak because it was on the RHS of the picture and the space you have given it is square. (You aren’t the first one, however, to have trimming problems!) It will be well worth having a word with someone about how to correct the problem. If not, tell the guy to move over and look from left to right. Then you can safely lose what would then be behind him! (/attempted humour!)

    * You fell into the trap with “it’s”. (You aren’t the first and you won’t be the last …) “It’s / it’s” is the shortened form of “it is”. You used “its” or “it’s” 3 times – one was correct. The possessive (belonging to it) is “its”. I know, I know, English is a crazy language! I’m an Englishman who has been using it for 60+ years …

    * Be careful with unusual words. “Emanate” is a verb: you are using it as an adverb. Maybe that is acceptable use in US English but it is defintely unusual. If you can, try to find common words and use them un-commonly well. Similarly with “positively quiescent”.

    I realise you are trying hard to make a frozen, dead volcano sound interesting but sometimes it’s best just to leave it simple.

    New people most times I look at this site – how many more?

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