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Cuexcomate, Puebla

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Cuexcomate is an inactive geyser in Puebla city, Puebla state, Mexico. The sinter cone that the geyser built up around its vent is 13m tall and has a diameter of 23m. A central crater within the cone is up to 8m wide and 17m deep (extending 4m below ground level).Historically, Cuexcomate has been cited that the geyser was formed before the 1064 eruption of the Popocatépetl, an active volcano and the second highest peak in Mexico, which likely activated geothermal spring circulation that cut upward through Mesozoic limestone and deposited the geyser and the springs around it. The geyser's rock composition is 99% calcite, differing thus from typical silica sinter deposits. Cuexcomate has been mistakenly called 'The Smallest Volcano of the World' because of the popular belief that it was indeed a volcano, based only on the shape of the structure; however, it is not a volcano. Today, there is a metal spiral staircase that allows tourists to descend into the excavated interior of the structure, where cultural events are occasionally performed.The name is from Nahuatl for "clay pot" or "place to keep".Characteristics Geyser Type: calcitic chemical deposit Height: 13m Crater Diameter: 8m. Base Exterior Diameter: 23m. Weight: approx. 400 tons. Mode of formation: emanating geothermal waters with occasional high-pressured bursts
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  • It is a small but interesting place, you takes not more 30 min walk area, for children okay because there is a small courtyard for running.
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  • It is a place that one does not expect or not imagine, is small but impressive, this very clean and with good access, this remodeling, is the recomeindo
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  • It's an adorable small inactive volcano that you can go down into. There's a little pond at the bottom with some fish, and it's fun to say you've been inside the smallest volcano.  more »