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Carrizozo Malpais Lava Flow, USA

33.7N 105.9W

November 8th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Mountains, Volcanoes

USA – November 7th, 2012

The Carrizozo Malpais is a large lava flow on the west side of Carrizozo, New Mexico, on the northern part of the Tularosa Basin between Sierra Blanca to the southeast and the Oscura Mountains to the west. The lava making up the flow came from Little Black Peak, about 10 miles north-northwest of Carrizozo, and went about 40 miles south-southwest down the bottom of Tularosa Basin in a series of recent (the last 1,000-1,500 years) active flows. At their southern end, the lava flows are about 12 miles north of the dune fields of White Sands National Monument, easily discernible here due to their glowing white color.

Carrizozo Malpaís and White Sands National Monument, USA

33.7N 105.9W

October 9th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Volcanoes

USA – October 8th, 2012

The elongated brown area in this image is the Carrizozo Malpais, a large lava flow on the west side of Carrizozo, New Mexico, on the northern part of the Tularosa Basin between Sierra Blanca to the southeast and the Oscura Mountains to the west.

The lava making up the flow came from Little Black Peak, about 10 miles north-northwest of Carrizozo, and went about 40 miles south-southwest down the bottom of Tularosa Basin in a series of recent (the last 1,000-1,500 years ago) active flows. At their southern end, the lava flows are about 12 miles north of the dune fields of White Sands National Monument.

The White Sands National Monument, easily spotted as a bright white area south of the lava flow, is located about 25 km (16 mi) southwest of Alamogordo in western Otero County and northeastern Doña Ana County in the state of New Mexico, at an elevation of 4235 feet (1291 m). The area is in the mountain-ringed Tularosa Basin and comprises the southern part of a 710-km² (275-mi²) field of white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals.

Rio Grande, White Sands and Lava Flows in New Mexico, USA

33.5N 106W

April 20th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Rivers, Volcanoes

USA - April 17th, 2012

The Rio Grande can be seen flowing down the left side of this image, in the state of New Mexico, USA. Visible to the east of the river are the White Sands National Monument, is a protected area of glistening white sands rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin that contains the world’s largest gypsum dunefield. The dark line with thick ends north of the White Sands is the Carrizozo Malpais, a 75 kilometer long area of basaltic lava flows.

White Sands and Carrizozo Malpaís, New Mexico, USA

33.5N 106W

June 1st, 2011 Category: Deserts, Volcanoes

USA - May 23rd, 2011

The White Sands National Monument is a protected area of glistening white sands rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin, in New Mexico, USA. Here, dunes have engulfed 275 square miles of desert creating the world’s largest gypsum dunefield.

North of the White Sands is the Carrizozo Malpais, one of the youngest volcanic features in the state of New Mexico. The 75 kilometer long Malpais, is composed of basaltic lava flows.

From the Salton Sea to the White Sands Dune Fields, Mexico and USA

31.7N 111.7W

April 27th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Mexico - April 15th, 2011

The Salton Sea appears as a small, dark blue, pear-shaped  mark in near the upper left corner of this thumbnail image near the California-Mexico border, although it and the agriculture to the south of it can be viewed in great detail in the full image.

Continuing southeastward along the agricultural zones, one passes the sandy Desierto de Altar before coming to the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California), whose northermost reaches are green due to the influx of sediments from the Colorado River.

Moving over to the upper right corner, in New Mexico, one can see the White Sands National Monument, a white sand dune field, and the Carrizozo Malpais, a large lava flow that appears as a dark brown line north of the dune field. Both are best observed in the full image.

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