The Amazing Volcanic Crater of Xico

South of Mexico City is one of the most incredible examples of mother nature’s beauty. The Xico Volcanic Crater is a perfectly round ring created by phreatomagmatic eruptions. It’s about 40km from the center of the city, but is quickly being encroached upon by the expanding development.

This is the Xico Volcanic Crater. It lies 40km south of the center of Mexico City.


The crater was formed by eruptions hundreds of thousands of years ago, when the area was under water.


In the 1970s, the government drained the surrounding lake, causing an influx of housing developments.


The steeply elevated ring has prevented housing from encroaching into the crater itself.


The protected interior is used for farmland, taking advantage of the rich fertile volcanic soil.


This is how awesome nature can be.

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