Monday, November 5, 2012

Sunset Crater in the Winter


The eruption occurred sometime between 1040 and 1100 and is the most recent in a six-million-year history of volcanic activity in the Flagstaff area.  The force created more than 600 hills and mountains in the San Francisco Peak volcanic field.  The mountains have affected the entire habitat and even the climate for all living things in the region.  Now there is a 1,000 foot-high volcano which was formed by molten rock spraying high into the air from a crack in the ground.  As periodic eruptions continued the debris became heavier around the vent with the smaller particles carried the farthest by the wind.  It dusted about 800 square miles of northern Arizona with ash.  The original eruption was two lava flows that destroyed all living things in their path.  What was left was a sculptured garden of extraordinary forms at its base.  The entire event lasted six months to a year.  The oxidized cinders glowed with vivid red and yellow colors and looked like a sunset which gave the volcano its name.” (Source: Wikipedia)






4 comments:

  1. That is just beautiful. Who'd have thought lava could do that?

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  2. I know. It is quite the site to see in person.

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  3. That is one of the weirdest feeling places ever.

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    1. Yep, it might be all the lava "frozen" all over the land giving it a weird feel.

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