The Miravalles Volcano is an andesitic stratovolcano in Costa Rica. The caldera was formed during several major explosive eruptions that produced voluminous dacitic-rhyolitic pyroclastic flows between about 1.5 and 0.6 million years ago. The only reported historical eruptive activity was a small steam explosion on the SW flank in 1946. High heat flow remains, and Miravalles is the site of the largest developed geothermal field in Costa Rica.
The Miravalles Volcano reaches an elevation of 6,653 feet (2,023 m) and is the highest mountain in the Guanacaste Mountains. The heat from the volcano also helps power a geothermal energy plant at Las Hornillas, which is run by the Institute of Electricity.
By elevation Volcán Miravalles is
# 1 out of 196 in Provincia Guanacaste # 1 out of 14 in Cantón Bagaces
By prominence Volcán Miravalles is
# 3 out of 2661 in the Costa Rica-Panama Ranges # 3 out of 502 in Costa Rica # 1 out of 196 in Provincia Guanacaste # 1 out of 14 in Cantón Bagaces
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