Volcanic Eruptions of El Malpais, The: A Guide to the Volcanic History & Formations of El Malpais Natl Monument

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9781580960076: Volcanic Eruptions of El Malpais, The: A Guide to the Volcanic History & Formations of El Malpais Natl Monument

Both a visitor's guide and a geological guide to exploring the major features within the park.

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The Volcanic Eruptions of El Malpais

Long before the first humans set foot on North America, volcanic eruptions repeatedly rocked the areas around El Malpais National Monument, cracking the ground open and spraying lava upwards. In fact the cycle of eruptions had repeated nearly one hundred times before Native Americans first saw this land. Great outpourings of lava torched the land with intense heat and paved the countryside with hard, black rock.

The authors describe the activity of volcanic eruptions of the major craters, lava tubes, cinder cones, and lava flows of the region. The Volcanic Eruptions of El Malpais is a visitor's guide, a hiking guide, and a geological guide to exploring the major features within the park. Cave entrances, and even cinder cones often remain hidden among forests and tall trees of El Malpais. The sense of surprise that comes from stumbling upon the hidden wonders of El Malpais lends a unique sense of discovery not found in starker, more barren volcanic fields elsewhere in the West.

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Getting Around in El Malpais

Even today, few roads cross the broken surface of El Malpais. Visitors traveling by car are limited to skirting its north, east, and west edges along New Mexico Highways 53 and 117. Although vast expanses of lava flows can be seen all along New Mexico 117, few of the most spectacular volcanic features of the monument are visible from the highway. While it is possible to reach El Calderon cinder cone and Bandera Crater from short side roads off New Mexico 53, exploring other cinder cones, lava tubes, and flows requires a willingness to travel on unpredictable dirt roads and hike sometimes obscure trails.

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