Geografie 1983, 88, 1-12

The evolution and the recent volcanic activity of Pichincha, Ecuador

Vladimír Lysenko

In 1982 a group of Czechoslovak volcanologists conducted extensive exploration of the volcanic chain of Pichincha, Ecuador with the aim of carrying out geological and geomorphological mapping of the Pichincha chain, and studying the increasing volcanic activity in the crater called Guagua Pichincha. The paper treats of the results of the geomorphological mapping with a major interest in the extent of glacial erosion giving at the same time a comprehensive treatment to a possible danger threatening Quito in case of a volcanic eruption of Pichincha.