ABOUT Volcanoes

[caption id="attachment_237" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Capulin Volcano"]Capulin Volcano[/caption] New Mexico is the volcano state boasting one of the greatest numbers of young, well-exposed and preserved volcanoes in the continent.   The Valles Caldera near Santa Fe and the basaltic lava flows of Carrizozo and McCartys are some of the largest volcanic formations of their kind in the world.  New Mexico’s volcanic regions include young cinder cones, like Capulin, shield volcanoes like the Sierra Grande, and others such as volcanic steam explosions or maars. The Sierra Grande, our own shield volcano, upon which The Mandala Center sits, rises to 8720 feet in elevation.  It is part of the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field.  Shield volcanoes are formed by successive volcanic eruptions of very fluid basaltic lava resulting in gentle slopes (compared to the steeper sides of other volcanoes). While looking for resources on volcanoes to share with you, we discovered this site www.nmnaturalhistory.org.   This is a nice site for some general information about New Mexico's volcanism.    In its information on volcanoes of New Mexico it states, The collection of volcanoes in New Mexico is so exceptional that there is no place else on the continent where you can live in one of several major metropolitan areas (Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Albuquerque) and yet have so many different types of volcanoes within a few hours drive. In most parts of the world people are so far removed from any volcano that they must travel many days or fly in and out at great cost. In New Mexico, you can get up in the morning, eat breakfast at the kitchen table, put on your field clothes, and be standing on a world-class example of some volcanic feature by early morning… [caption id="attachment_257" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Sierra Grande"]Sierra Grande[/caption] Here are some other sites to visit for more information about volcanoes!! http://www.nps.gov/cavo/index.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcano Wikipedia actually has a lot of great photos of volcanoes and you can also search for specific kinds of volcanoes such as Cinder Cones or Shield Volcanoes to learn more. www.thefreedictionary.com/volcano offers a number of definitions for volcanoes 25 min documentary called Sleeping Monsters, Sacred Fire:  Volcanoes of New Mexico can be seen on http://vodpod.com/watch/209181-sleeping-monsters-sacred-fires-volcanos-of-new-mexico Or at http://video.google.com and put the title of the short film in the search box