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Colegio Nacional Técnico Cayambe (Ecuador)

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image by Ivan Sache, 12 June 2018

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Colegio Nacional Técnico Cayambe (CONTEC) is located in Cayambe (Pichincha province).

The massive compound andesitic-dacitic Cayambe stratovolcano is located on the isolated western edge of the Cordillera Real, east of the Inter-Andean Valley. The volcano, whose southern flank lies astride the equator, is capped by extensive glaciers, which descend to 4200 m on the eastern Amazonian side. The modern Nevado Cayambe, constructed to the east of older Pleistocene volcanic complexes, contains two summit lava domes located about 1.5 km apart, the western of which is the highest. Several other lava domes on the upper flanks have been the source of pyroclastic flows that reached the lower flanks. A prominent Holocene pyroclastic cone on the lower E flank, La Virgen, fed thick andesitic lava flows that traveled about 10 km E. Nevado Cayambe was recently discovered to have produced frequent explosive eruptions beginning about 4000 years ago, and to have had a single historical eruption during 1785-86.
Source: Global Volcanism Program, Smithsonian Institution
Ivan Sache, 12 June 2018


The flag of CONTEC is horizontally divided green-yellow with the school's emblem.
The emblem represents work and industry (top) and features the majestic Cayambe, forming big rivers that supply water to the fertile fields. The open book charged with a branch of olive and a quill represents knowledge and progress. In base, the sickle is the traditional tool used by our ancestors, while the wheat spikes represent the fruit of their labor.
Source: CONTEC blog
Ivan Sache, 12 June 2018