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Fires in Colorado and New Mexico, USA

36.9N 106.5W

June 24th, 2013 Category: Fires, Volcanoes MODISAqua

USA – June 24th, 2013

Several wildfires can be seen burning in the forests of Colorado (above) and New Mexico (below), USA, in this image. Winds are carrying the thick plumes of smoke towards the northeast. In the full image, another blaze can be seen west of the Carrizozo lava field.

Carrizozo Volcanic Field and White Sands National Monument

32.7N 106.3W

October 24th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Volcanoes

USA – October 22nd, 2012

The Carrizozo volcanic field is a monogenetic volcanic field located in New Mexico, USA, appearing here as a long, dark brown line with bulbous ends near the image center. The volcanic field consists of two lava flows, the Broken Back flow and the Carrizozo lava flow, the second youngest in New Mexico. Both lava flows originated from groups of cinder cones.

The Broken Back flow is approximately 16 kilometres (10 mi) long and the Carrizozo, one of the largest in the world, is 68 kilometres (42 mi) long, covering 328 square kilometres (127 sq mi) with a volume of 4.2 cubic kilometres (1.0 cu mi).

Visible to the south of the lava flows is the White Sands National Monument, easily visible as a circular, bright white area. 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.

White Sands, Volcanoes and Lava Fields in New Mexico, USA

32.3N 106.4W

November 25th, 2010 Category: Deserts, Mountains, Rivers, Volcanoes

USA - November 8th, 2010

The Rio Grande flows almost vertically through the middle of this image of New Mexico, USA. Several interesting geographical features can be observed to the east of the river in the bottom half of the image, including lakes, sand dune fields, volcanoes and lava flows.

The large white patch rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin are the glistening white sands of New Mexico, most of which are protected as the White Sands National Monument. Here, great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert and created the world’s largest gypsum dune field.

The dark brown strip due north of the white sands is the Carrizozo volcanic field. This monogenetic volcanic field consists of two lava flows, the Broken Back flow and the Carrizozo lava flow, the second youngest in New Mexico. Both lava flows originated from groups of cinder cones. The Broken Back flow is approximately 16 km long and the Carrizozo, one of the largest in the world, is 68 km long, covering 328 km2 with a volume of 4.2 km3.

Across the ridge of mountains to the east of the sands and volcanic field is the Jornada del Muerto Volcano. It is lighter brown than the Carriozo volcanic field, circular in shape, and best observed in the full image. This small shield volcano and lava field in central New Mexico, about 10 by 15 miles (16 by 24 km) in size and reaching an elevation of 5,136 feet (1,565 m).

It is located at the northern end of the desert basin named the Jornada del Muerto basin, which runs between the Oscura and San Andres Mountains on the east, with the Caballo Mountains and the Fra Cristóbal Range on the west.

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