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Ecuador’s Sangay volcano erupted and blew clouds of ash as high as 8,500 meters (8.5 km) into the sky.
About Sangay Volcano:
- Sangay is an active stratovolcano in central Ecuador. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
- Stratovolcanoes or composite volcanoes are conical volcanoes. They are composed of multiple layers of intermediate to lava, ash, and other volcanic debris.
- Location: Sangay Volcano is located on the eastern edge of the Andes Mountains.
- The Andes is the longest mountain range in the world. It boasts some of the highest peaks. The range is also known for its volcanoes.
- The Andes extend from north to south through seven South American countries: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.
- Significance: Sangay Volcano hosts a significant biological community. Therefore, since 1983, its ecological community has been protected as part of the Sangay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Ecuador is a country in the northwestern part of South America. It is bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and the Pacific Ocean on the west.
- Ecuador also includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific which is about 1,000 kilometres west of the mainland.
- Ecuador is a part of the Pacific Rim’s “Ring of Fire” region. It has eight volcanoes in its territory.
Source: Indian Express