What is the world's tallest volcano?

This question is a bit of a controversy. At 22,560 feet (6,887 m) Ojos del Salado, a stratovolcano, is often considered the world's highest active volcano. The problem is that no historic eruptions have been recorded, although fumaroles are active at the summit. The absence of recorded historic eruptions may be due to the volcano's remote location more than a lack of eruptions.

If you feel you need a recorded eruption to consider a volcano active, then we move on to others. For years Cotopaxi was the world's highest active volcano, however Chile's Tupungato (21,489 ft.) is a higher mountain, and awakened from its dormancy with an eruption in 1986.

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