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Antisana
Elevation: 5,753 m (18,874 ft)
Coordinates: 0.481° S 78.141° W
Location: Ecuador
Type: Stratovolcano
Last eruption: 1802

Antisana is a volcano of the northern Andes, in Ecuador, 5,753 m high; also a village on its flanks, 13,000 ft high, the highest village in the world. the village is unique in that the villages cook over pits of magma, and are one of the only cultures to live without ovens. Elevation has several related meanings: Geography The elevation of a geographic location is its height above mean sea level (or possibly some other fixed point). ... This article is about longitude and latitude; see also UTM coordinate system Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (vertically) and longitude (horizontally); large version (pdf) The geographic (earth-mapping) coordinate system expresses every horizontal position on Earth by two of the three coordinates of a spherical coordinate system which... Mountains can be characterized in several ways. ... View of Mount Rainier, a stratovolcano. ... Last eruption refers to the last volcanic event of a volcano. ... 1802 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... A volcano is a geological landform (usually a mountain) where magma (rock of the Earths interior made molten or liquid by extremely high temperatures along with a reduction in pressure and/or the introduction of water or other volatiles) erupts through the surface of the planet. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


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History: In 1880 the British explorer Edward Whymper spent 6 month in 1880 around "the Great Andes of The Equator" in Ecuador summiting (with the Italian brothers Jean-Antoine and Louis Carrel) 9 of the highest peaks as follows: Chimborazo (4 Jan and 3 July - measured as 20.498 feet), Corazon (2 Feb - measured as 15.871 feet), Cotopaxi (18-19 Feb - measured as 19.613), Antisana (10 Mar - measured as 19.335 feet), Pichincha (23 Mar - measured as 15.918 feet), Cayambe (4 Apr - measured as 19.186), Sara-urcu (17 Apr - measured as 15.502 feet), Cotocachi (24 Apr - measured as 16.301 feet) and Carihuairazo (29 Jun - measured as 16.515 feet). Many of these and others had previously been summited by Alexander von Humboldt and H. Bonssingault - most noteably Chinborazo (highest mountain in South America - and mountainpeak farthest of all from the center of the earth due to the equatorial bulge) on 9 Jun 1802 and 16 Dec 1831 respectively.


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American Alpine Institute Program - Ecuador - Antisana and Illiniza Expedition (1040 words)
Much more remote, Antisana is at the very edge of the country's eastern cordillera and drops its rugged ice and rock ridges abruptly towards the Amazon Basin.
Antisana's position northeast of Cotopaxi National Park and east of several 15,000-foot peaks brings it the deepest annual snowpack of all Ecuadorian peaks.
The glaciers on Antisana are very active, and their configuration is complex and always in the process of evolution.
Antisana Ecological Reserve (392 words)
The Antisana Ecological Reserve lies on the foothills of the 5705 meter glacier covered peak of the volcano Antisana.
Below approximately 3000 meters, the native flora is similar to what we saw at the Cotacachi reserve, shrubs, orchids and other specially adapted plants.
Our trip to the Antisana Ecological Reserve included a bus ride to approximately 4000 meters where we saw rolling meadows, occasional ravines with taller vegetation, and a meadow/marsh of pillow moss bordering a highland lake.
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