Mountains and Lava Fields in New Mexico, USA35.0N 107.8W
The terrain of northwestern New Mexico, USA, is crossed by mountains and volcanic fields. Visible in the lower left quadrant of this orthorectified image is the Zuni-Bandera volcanic field.
Part of this volcanic field is the El Malpais National Monument. It is named El Malpais (meaning badlands in Spanish) due to the extremely rough, rugged lava flow that covers much of the park. The lava flows fill a large basin rimmed by higher sandstone that forms large, wind-carved bluffs around much of the badlands.
Several mountain summits can also be found in and near the lava fields. One of the tallest of these, appearing as a bright white cone southeast of the image center, is Cerro Alto, which climbs to 7,759 feet (2,364.94 meters) above sea level.