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Nevado de Toluca

NEWS FLASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Recent Archaeological investigation turns up evidence of long term occupation of the crater floor. Evidence indicates possible arcitucture related to 2 observatories. Distance peaks likely used to site the sun during the seasons.

I will provide the specifics once I get all the official stuff translated and read.

Nevado de Toluca (Xinantecatl "the Naked Lord") is a strato-volcano about 30 km southwest of Toluca. It is listed as 4th highest (15,354') in Mexico, behind Pico de Orizaba, Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl. The crater is approximately 1.5 km (0.93 mile) wide. There are two lakes on the crater floor at about 4,200 meters (13,800 ft), the larger is Lago del Sol and the smaller is Lago de la Luna.

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A road runs onto the crater floor. The highest point is Pico del Fraile at 4,680 meters (15,354 ft) which is located on the south side of the crater. A road runs into the caldera to the lakes at an elevation of 13,800'. There are two lakes on the crater floor at about 4,200 meters (13,800 ft), the larger is Lago del Sol and the smaller is Lago de la Luna. The last major eruption was about 10 million years ago, erupting an estimated 14 km3 of sediment. The eruption placed 1.5 m (5 ft) gravel pumice in the area of modern Toluca and about 50 cm (2 ft) pumice sand in the area modern Mexico City. This peak is no longer snow covered year round. There are great views, some wildlife, pack a lunch and spend the day.

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