Volcanoes in New Mexico

August 03, 2021


Photographer: Tom Wildoner

Summary Author: Tom Wildoner

Volcanoes in New Mexico? Indeed there are volcanoes, however, they have been inactive for over 150,000 years. The volcano in the image above is named the Black Volcano and it is located 5 miles (8 kilometers) outside Albuquerque, New Mexico. This inactive volcano is part of the Petroglyph National Monument and is one of five inactive fissure volcanoes in the region. The protected monument is composed of a dark basalt rock, on which native populations have scribed over 25,000 petroglyphs. These intricate rock carvings have since become the namesake for the national monument and the surrounding landmarks. In addition to Black Volcano, you can also see a smaller volcano on either side of Black Volcano in my image, Vulcan and JA Volcanoes.

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