- Cordillera Central (Costa Rica)
Cordillera Central Cordillera Volcánica Central RangeCrater of Irazú Volcano Country Costa Rica Region Continental Divide Highest point Irazú Volcano - elevation 3,432 m (11,260 ft) - coordinates Biome Lowland tropical wet forest Period Quaternary
The Cordillera Central is a volcanic mountain range in central Costa Rica which continues the Continental Divide east of Cordillera de Tilarán. It extends 80 km from Tapezco Pass to the Turrialba Volcano and ending on the Pacuare River. It is separated from Cordillera de Tilarán by Balsa River and Platanar and Zarcero hills.
Cordillera Central's four main volcanoes are protected as national parks. Volcanic massif of the Poás Volcano is the central feature of Poás Volcano National Park, featuring permanent fumarolic activity. Barva Volcano features prominent hydrothermal activity (hot springs) and is a part of Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Irazú Volcano National Park contains Irazú Volcano, the highest volcano of Costa Rica. The significant elevation of the volcano makes it a strategic site for telecommunications, many national television and radio stations have their antennas at the summit.
- ^ Hopkins, Jack W. (1995). Policymaking for Conservation in Latin America: National Parks, Reserves, and the Environment. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 18. ISBN 0275953491.
- ^ Baker, Christopher P. (2007). Costa Rica. Moon Handbooks (6th ed.). Emeryville, California: Avalon Travel. p. 516. ISBN 1566918472.
- ^ Costa Rican Vulcanologic and Seismologic Observatory: Turrialba
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