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From: Dan Richter (1:317/3)
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Date: Tue, 30.03.21 13:00
ES Picture of the Day 30 2021
EPOD - a service of USRA

The Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) highlights the diverse processes
and phenomena which shape our planet and our lives. EPOD will collect and
archive photos, imagery, graphics, and artwork with short explanatory
captions and links exemplifying features within the Earth system. The
community is invited to contribute digital imagery, short captions and
relevant links.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, New Mexico

March 30, 2021

Brian sauls

Photographer: Brian Sauls
Summary Author: Brian Sauls

The unusual landforms seen above are located in the Kasha-Katuwe
Tent Rocks National Monument, located about 20 miles (32 km) west of
Santa Fe, New Mexico. Kasha-Katuwe means white cliffs in the
Keresan Pueblo language. The materials composing these cone-shaped
rock formations, or hoodoos, were deposited 6-7 million years from
pyroclastic flows associated with violent volcanic eruptions in the
nearby Jemez volcanic field. The total thickness of this volcanic
layer, consisting of distinct layers of boulder-sized rock
fragments, pumice, ash and tuff, exceeds 1,000 feet (300 m). As the
rocks eroded over the millennia, spires were created by
differential weathering and erosion, with the relatively soft
pumice and tuff layers capped by more resistant boulders which
have since toppled off. The whole array of tall pillars, which can
reach 90 feet (27 m) in height, has left a series of deep, winding and
slot-like recesses almost too narrow to walk through.
* Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, New Mexico Coordinates:
35.660278, -106.408333

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