Once a farmer build here his beautiful farm, but it was a lost dream. And now it's going back to nature.
Like a lot of other farmers in Ecuador there is no future on the countryside, specially in the mountains. The people moved to the cities where they hope to find a better life. This deserted farm stands in front of one of the most popular and impressive volcanoes of Ecuador, the Cotopaxi.
The Cotopaxi is a stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains, located about 75 kilometres south of Quito. It is the second highest summit in the country, reaching a height of 5,897 m
The Cotopaxi has an almost symmetrical cone that rises from a highland plain of about 3,800 metres with a width at its base of about 23 kilometres It has one of the few equatorial glaciers in the world, which starts at the height of 5,000 metres . The mountain is clearly visible on the skyline from Quito. It is part of the chain of volcanoes around the Pacific plate known as the Pacific Ring of Fire.
Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world.
There have been more than 50 eruptions of Cotopaxi since 1738. Numerous valleys formed by powerful lahars (mudflows) surround the volcano. This poses a high risk to the local population, their settlements and fields. During a war between the Incas and the Spaniards in 1534, the volcano erupted and put an end to the fighting as both fled from the battlefield.
Cotopaxi's most violent eruptions in historical times occurred in the years 1744, 1768, and 1877. In the 1877 eruption pyroclastic flows descended all sides of the mountain, with lahars traveling more than 100 km into the Pacific Ocean and western Amazon basin draining the valley. There was a major eruption in 1903 through 1904, and some minor activity in 1942 as well as 1975 but it did not produce any major events. In the most recent case, fumarolic activities and sulfuric emissions increased and ice around the inside and on the southeastern side of the cone started to melt.
The main danger of a huge eruption of Cotopaxi would be the flow of ice from its glacier. If there were to be a very large explosion, it would destroy most of the settlements within the valley in the suburban area of Quito (pop. more than 1,000,000). Another city which would be in great danger is Latacunga which is located in the south valley. In 1744 and 1768 an eruption destroyed the colonial town of Latacunga. Experts believe another eruption may come soon.
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LamCam (3603) 2008-11-28 13:34
This is a breathtakingly clear image of this beautiful area. The use of the deserted farm in the foreground adds another dimension to the view. The snow-topped volcano is made even more dramatic by the ring of cloud. this view could become very different in the event of an eruption. Very interesting note.
KateinDenmark (1634) 2008-11-29 9:23
I really like the name you've given this photo. You've framed it well and given one a the sense of what it must have been like to live here. It really brought home to me your message. This house was obviously quite an investment and one really does wonder where it's former owner went. One also has to wonder how this person ever made a living at such an altitude. Very good post.
federico (2181) 2011-01-11 11:06
hello peter very nice and clear shot, good sunny day you get, nice composition also
- Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) (112)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-17
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D 70, AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm 1:3.5-4.5 G ED, Nikon NEF (RAW)
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-11-28 13:03