Zapaleri is a volcano whose summit is the tripoint of the borders of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. A number of railways are in the area.[1] It is part of Potosí Department (Bolivia), Jujuy Province (Argentina), and Antofagasta Region (Chile).[citation needed] The volcano formed on top of the 2.89 mya Tara Ignimbrite from the Guacha caldera[2] and the basement beneath the volcano is formed from Cretaceous and Tertiary rocks affected by tectonic deformation. Volcanic rocks are andesite, basalt, dacite and rhyolite.[3] Late Cretaceous rocks are also found in the area,[4] as are Pleistocene shoshonite volcanic rocks.[5]

Volcan Zapaleri Chile Bolivia Argentina.jpg
Highest point
Elevation5,653 m (18,547 ft)
Coordinates22°48′57″S 67°10′48″W / 22.81583°S 67.18000°W / -22.81583; -67.18000
Zapaleri, right down on the map
Parent rangeAndes

The Bolivian portion of the mountain is protected within Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. Moreover, it is close to the sector Salar de Tara-Salar de Aguas Calientes of Los Flamencos National Reserve, Chile.[citation needed]

Zapaleri is associated with a major source of obsidian,[6] with a distribution sphere found in archeological sites over 350 kilometres (220 mi) wide.[7] The obsidian is found on the Bolivian side of the border next to Laguna Blanca. Another source is found on Solterio Mountain.[8] Inca and earlier archeological remains are associated with the obsidian sites.[9]


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  2. ^ Ort, Michael H.; de Silva, Shanaka L.; Jiménez C., Néstor; Jicha, Brian R.; Singer, Bradley S. (January 2013). "Correlation of ignimbrites using characteristic remanent magnetization and anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility, Central Andes, Bolivia". Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. 14 (1): 141–157. doi:10.1029/2012GC004276.
  3. ^ Munizaga, Francisco; Marinovic, Nicolas. "Evidencias preliminares de un volcanismo cenozoico superior en el area del Vn. Zapaleri, II Region, Chile" (PDF). SERNAGEOMIN (in Spanish). Second Chilean Geologic Congress. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 November 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  4. ^ Bogdanic, T. C.; Espinoza, S. R. (1994). "Tectono-Sedimentary Evolution of the Cretaceous-Early Tertiary and Metallogenic Scheme of Northern Chile, Between 20° S and 26° S". Cretaceous Tectonics of the Andes. Wiesbaden: Vieweg+Teubner Verlag. p. 229. doi:10.1007/978-3-322-85472-8_5. ISBN 978-3-322-85472-8.
  5. ^ Coira, Beatríz; Davidson, John; Mpodozis, Constantino; Ramos, Victor (November 1982). "Tectonic and magmatic evolution of the Andes of northern Argentina and Chile". Earth-Science Reviews. 18 (3–4): 303–332. doi:10.1016/0012-8252(82)90042-3.
  6. ^ Latorre, Claudio; Santoro, Calogero M.; Ugalde, Paula C.; Gayo, Eugenia M.; Osorio, Daniela; Salas-Egaña, Carolina; De Pol-Holz, Ricardo; Joly, Delphine; Rech, Jason A. (October 2013). "Late Pleistocene human occupation of the hyperarid core in the Atacama Desert, northern Chile". Quaternary Science Reviews. 77: 19–30. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.06.008.
  7. ^ Malainey, Mary E. (2011). "Flaked and Ground Stone Tools". A consumer's guide to archaeological science analytical techniques. Manuals in Archaeological Method, Theory and Technique (1st ed.). New York: Springer. pp. 275–289. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-5704-7_18. ISBN 978-1-4419-5704-7.
  8. ^ Yacobaccio, Hugo D; Escola, Patricia S; Pereyra, Fernando X; Lazzari, Marisa; Glascock, Michael D (February 2004). "Quest for ancient routes: obsidian sourcing research in Northwestern Argentina". Journal of Archaeological Science. 31 (2): 193–204. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2003.08.001.
  9. ^ Seelenfreund, Andrea; Pino, Mario; Glascock, Michael D.; Sinclaire, Carole; Miranda, Pedro; Pasten, Denisse; Cancino, Simón; Dinator, María Inés; Morales, José Roberto (March 2010). "Morphological and geochemical analysis of the Laguna Blanca/Zapaleri obsidian source in the Atacama Puna". Geoarchaeology. 25 (2): 245–263. doi:10.1002/gea.20306.

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