Geology for Global Development

Guatemala

Friday Photo (122) – Landslide Prone Slopes in Guatemala City

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Development of Housing on Landslide Prone Slopes in Guatemala City.
These slopes are regularly impacted by mass movement events, during the rainy season. Planning enforcement and monitoring is also reported to be impacted by ‘no-go’ zones for police in this part of the city.

Credit: Joel Gill, 2014

Field Research in Guatemala (5) – Photo Diary

After 2 months based in Guatemala undertaking hazards research, I am soon to return home. I will be continuing this series of posts over the next few months, reflecting on aspects of conducting research overseas and thinking through results. Guatemala is a stunningly beautiful country, with a dynamism reflected in everything from the landscapes to the markets. Everybody I have met has been incredibly kind and generous with their time, always willing to share their experience and knowledge.  Today I share a selection of photographs from the my time here…

Lake Atitlan, with Volcanoes Toliman (left) and San Pedro (right).

Lake Atitlan, with Volcanoes Toliman (left) and San Pedro (right).

Cathedral Ruins in Antigua. The Cathedral was destroyed by an earthquake in 1773.

Cathedral Ruins in Antigua. The Cathedral was destroyed by an earthquake in 1773.

A community within Guatemala City, living on steep slopes vulnerable to landsliding.

A community within Guatemala City, living on steep slopes vulnerable to landsliding.

Small eruption of Fuego

Small eruption of Fuego, one of Guatemala’s currently active volcanoes.

Lava flows from the 2010 eruption of Pacaya (which can also be seen in the background)

Lava flows from the 2010 eruption of Pacaya (which can also be seen in the background).

 

Eroded pyroclastic flow deposits, close to Fuego.

Eroded pyroclastic flow deposits, close to Fuego. This material feeds lahars, which are a serious hazard for many communities close to the volcano.

 

Early morning eruption of Santiaguito, as seen from Santa Maria

Early morning eruption of Santiaguito, as seen from Santa Maria.

All photos Credit: Joel Gill, 2014

Friday Photo (119) – Pacaya Lava Store, Guatemala

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Lava Store, Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

An entrepreneurial Guatemalan sets up a lava store next to Pacaya (my understanding is that they sold products made from the lava, not just pieces of it – which are in abundance in the area!). This store was destroyed by the 2nd March 2014 lava flow.

(Credit: Joel Gill, February 2014)