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A volcano constructed of lava and pyroclastics, deposited in alternating layers. Also known as composite volcano.



(also composite volcano), a volcano whose cone is composed of alternating flows of hardened lava and lava fragments (blocks, bombs, lapilli) that have become cemented together and turned into tuff.

Stratovolcanoes are formed during the outpouring of lavas and during volcanic eruptions. Many have a conical shape and range in elevation from several hundred meters to several kilometers. The slopes of the cone are relatively steep at the peak and flatten out toward the foot. The crater is in the form of a depression that ranges in diameter from several dozen meters to 2–3 km. Examples of stratovolcanoes include Kliuchevskaia Sopka and Kar-ymskaia Sopka of Kamchatka (USSR) and Mount Fuji (Japan).

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Shield volcanoes are notably different from the taller and pointed stratovolcanoes that the layperson can usually identify without too much trouble.
This infrasound network will provide the opportunity to improve our understanding of the processes that cause an eruption, not only at Colima but at hundreds of other similar stratovolcanoes around the world.
Key words: Caldera, volcanic-complex, crater, dome, stratovolcanoes.
Composite cone or stratovolcanoes are created from alternate layers of explosive ash and lava flow eruptions.
Mount Rainier is one of the largest stratovolcanoes in the continental US.
The Altiplano is an intermontane basin some 80 mi wide and 430 mi long lying between the Western Cordillera and the Cordillera Real with volcanic domes and stratovolcanoes intruding Tertiary redbeds.
According to Soto (1988), Turrialba 'graben' seems to have a length of 11 km, including two stratovolcanoes emplaced in the same NE-trending as Turrialba's craters (Finca Liebres at the SW and Dos Novillos).
Stratovolcanoes are formed from successive layers of material that comes out of the ground, forming the classic conical shape.
Several eroded stratovolcanoes in southwestern British Columbia form the northern part of the Cascade volcanic chain, which owes its origin to subduction of the oceanic Juan de Fuca Plate beneath North America.
This is especially serious when dealing with complex, evolved and historically active stratovolcanoes of which no eruptions have been monitored during instrumental era, but whose temporal evolution may be governed by nonrandom physical processes.
The San Salvador Formation includes products of basalt-andesite stratovolcanoes associated with the evolution of the Central Graben as well as interstratified silicic tephra/ignimbrites of the Coatepeque and Ilopango calderas.