Vol. 25 No. 1 (1986)

Volcanismo riolitico en el eje neo volcanico mexicano

Published 1986-01-01

How to Cite

Ferriz, H., & Mahood, G. A. (1986). Volcanismo riolitico en el eje neo volcanico mexicano. Geofísica Internacional, 25(1), 117-156. https://doi.org/10.22201/igeof.00167169p.1986.25.1.803


The Mexican Neovolcanic Belt is a plio-quaternary volcanic belt, of east-west orientation, that bisects central Mexico. It is formed by large andesitic stratovolcanoes, silicic volcanic centers, and extensive basaltic and andesitic cinder cone fields. Five silicic volcanic centers have been recognized to date in the Neovolcanic Belt: La Primavera, Jai., Los Azufres, Mich., Amealco, Qro., Huichapan, Hgo., and Los Humeros, Pue., These centers are located along the northern portion of the Belt, "behind" the front of the active andesitic stratovolcanoes. The volumes of rhyolitic and rhyodacitic magmas erupted in each one of these centers range from 10 to 150 km3. In most of these centers some of the individual eruptive units are strongly zoned in composition, and in some instances span the range rhyolite to andesite. An exception is La Primavera, where only high-silica rhyolitic magma was erupted. In addition to these five centers, there are numerous other occurrences of rhyolitic volcanism throughout the Neovolcanic Belt; some of them might be related to large but as yet unrecognized volcanic centers, but others seem to represent isolated events. The silicic volcanism of the Neovolcanic Belt has two important economic implications: volcanic risk and geothermal energy. Among the known silicic centers, La Primavera represents the major potential hazard on account of its youth and proximity to the city of Guadalajara. With respect to geothermal energy, Los Azufres is a geothermal field currently under production, and La Primavera and Los Humeros are prospects currently under exploration. In all three cases the reservoirs are located in zones of secondary permeability within the local volcanic basement.