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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.

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