Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Stopping to look at the Valles Caldera

The Valle Caldera near Los Alamos, NM, is a 12-mile wide volcanic caldera formed during eruptions 1.47 million and 1.15 million years ago, the eruptions were more than 500 times greater than the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980. The Caldera has a land area of 89,716 acres, with many miles of ranch roads and livestock and game trails. These include a network of trails currently designated for horse riding. The caldera is also a major place for geothermal energy.

It's hard to grasp the enormity of the caldera when you are standing there at the lookout point. It is a place we always like to take visitors because it is so impressive and unusual.

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