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TitleBluff over look at El Malpais
DescriptionBluff (of Dakota sandstone) overlook of the El Malpais Volcanic Field. The sandstone is of Cretaceous age and is nearly pure quartz. The black El Malpais basalt flows are recent (2,000 to 3,000 years old) and can be seen in the valley below the bluff. El Malpais – “the badlands” in Spanish – is a spectacular volcanic area with many interesting features. Mt. Taylor (11,301 foot tall volcano) is in the right background of the picture. This mountain is built up of many successive lava flows followed by ash flows. Mt. Taylor began to form almost 4 million years ago and erupted repeatedly for two million years.
LocationUSA ▹ New Mexico. Near Grants.
PhotographerDexter Perkins. 2001-04-04.
Key wordsEl Malpais, basalt, Mt. Taylor, Dakota sandstone
Tech details281 KB. Vista.
GeoDIL number290