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Poás Volcano

The Pulsing Heart of Central America Volcanic Zone

  • Franco Tassi
  • Orlando Vaselli
  • Raul Alberto Mora Amador
  • A multidisciplinary description of Poás Volcano and its role in the society of a developing country in Central America

  • Up-to-date report on the geochemical and geophysical monitoring of the volcano

  • Photos and detailed description of the 2009 volcanic crisis after the Chichona earthquake


Part of the Active Volcanoes of the World book series (AVOLCAN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Paola Vannucchi, Jason P. Morgan
    Pages 1-12
  3. Paulo Ruiz, Sara Mana, Esteban Gazel, Gerardo J. Soto, Michael J. Carr, Guillermo E. Alvarado
    Pages 13-43
  4. Raúl Alberto Mora Amador, Dmitri Rouwet, Priscilla Vargas, Clive Oppenheimer
    Pages 45-78
  5. Paulo Ruiz, Michael J. Carr, Guillermo E. Alvarado, Gerardo J. Soto, Sara Mana, Mark D. Feigenson et al.
    Pages 79-118
  6. Mario Fernández-Arce, Raúl Alberto Mora Amador
    Pages 119-134
  7. Gladys V. Melián, Nemesio M. Pérez, Raúl Alberto Mora Amador, Pedro A. Hernández, Carlos Ramírez, Hirochicka Sumino et al.
    Pages 135-154
  8. María Martínez-Cruz, Manfred J. van Bergen, Bokuichiro Takano, Erick Fernández-Soto, Jorge Barquero-Hernández
    Pages 155-202
  9. Hazel Rymer, María Martínez, Jorge Brenes, Glyn Williams-Jones, Andrea Borgia
    Pages 203-211
  10. Dmitri Rouwet, Raúl Alberto Mora Amador, Laura Sandri, Carlos Ramírez-Umaña, Gino González, Giovannella Pecoraino et al.
    Pages 213-233
  11. Orlando Vaselli, Franco Tassi, Tobias P. Fischer, Daniele Tardani, Erick Fernández, María del Mar Martínez et al.
    Pages 235-260
  12. Raúl Alberto Mora Amador, Dmitri Rouwet, Gino González, Priscilla Vargas, Carlos Ramírez
    Pages 261-299
  13. Raúl Alberto Mora Amador, Mario Fernández, Dmitri Rouwet
    Pages 301-308
  14. Frank González, Carolina Seas, Zaidett Barrientos, Sergio Gabriel Quesada-Acuña, Raúl Alberto Mora Amador
    Pages 309-317

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive description of the volcanological, petrological and geochemical features of the Poás Volcano (Costa Rica), one of the most active volcanic systems in Central America and part of the Central America Volcanic Arc(CAVA). Poás Volcano hosts a unique sulfur lake, which actually is one of the world's most acidic lakes, and has experienced molten sulfur eruptions. Past investigations, current monitoring activities and planned programs of investigation into lessening of the volcanic hazard are reported here. Specific sections of the monograph will be devoted to the impact of this volcano on the social, agricultural and industrial activities in the area. Legends and popular traditions related to this volcano will be described in the last chapter to round up a complete scientific review on this unique volcanic system.


Central America Volcanic Zone Hyperacidic Lake Poas Volcano Volcanic Activity Volcano Monitoring

Editors and affiliations

  • Franco Tassi
    • 1
  • Orlando Vaselli
    • 2
  • Raul Alberto Mora Amador
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Earth SciencesUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Department of Earth SciencesUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  3. 3.Escuela Centroamericana de GeologíaThe University of Costa RicaSan JosèCosta Rica

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