Huila, Nevado del

Huila, Nevado del

(nāvä`dō dĕl hwē`lä), snow-capped volcanic mountain, 17,594 ft (5,364 m) high, on the Huila-Tolima-Cauca dept. border, S central Colombia, in the N AndesAndes
, mountain system, more than 5,000 mi (8,000 km) long, W South America. The ranges run generally parallel to the Pacific coast and extend from Tierra del Fuego northward, across the equator, as the backbone of the entire continent.
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. Located c.50 mi (80 km) SE of Cali, Huila consists of a chain of six volcanic cones, the highest of which is Pico Central; it is the highest mountain in the Cordillera Central range and the second highest in Colombia. Huila erupted in the mid-1500s, then was dormant until 2007.
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