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Engineers from CENAPRED (the National Disaster Prevention Center) in Mexico anchor equipment on Popocatépetl, with the extinct volcano Iztaccihuátl in the background.

According to Náhuatl legend, Iztaccihuátl and Popocatépetl were lovers turned into mountains by the gods as a punishment. The shape of Iztaccihuátl is said to resemble a woman lying down.

Photograph by Sarah Leen

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