Saturday, April 24, 2010

Yesterday we returned from a week in New Mexico exploring mostly history and geology. I'll be posting some science related photographs from that trip.

These photographs are of Bandera volcano in Grants New Mexico. It erupted about 10,000 years ago. The top photograph is the cinder cone where we lingered imagining what it must have been like when an explosion of lava burst from the earth leaving a trail nearly 23 miles long. The second photograph is a spatter cone that formed when a surge of hot air rushed through lava forming a blow hole. Lava rocks have the texture of Swiss cheese and are rich in iron. They call this spot the Land of Fire and Ice for good reason. More on that in a later post.

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