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Fire in Gila National Forest, New Mexico, USA – June 28th, 2013

33.6N 108.6W

June 28th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day MODISTerra

USA – June 27th, 2013

Smoke from a large fire in the Gila National Forest, in New Mexico, west of the Rio Grande (running parallel to the right edge), can be seen fanning out over a great area as it blows westward. The Gila National Forest covers approximately 2,710,659 acres (1,100,000 ha) of public land. Terrain ranges from rugged mountains and deep canyons to semi-desert. Due to the extremely rugged terrain, the area is largely unspoiled.

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.

Snow and White Sands, USA

32.7N 106.3W

February 21st, 2013 Category: Deserts, Mountains

USA – January 22nd, 2013

White snowfall rests on the terrain of the western United States of America, sitting atop mountain peaks and over the valleys in between. Another white area is visible in the lower right quadrant; however, this is due to the color of the White Sands National Monumento rather than the snow to the north. The monument  consists of the southern part of a 710-km² (275-mi²) field of white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals in the state of New Mexico.

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 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.