A page dedicated to maps, geography, geology and all aspects of place within and surrounding the Rio Grande Valley in Northern New Mexico. Such magnificent landscapes put our tiny human figures into correct perspective in the greater scheme of things. Here we were:
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Notice especially in the lower left-hand corner of the map, the ancient Valles Caldera in the Jemez Mountains, to the west of Los Alamos and Bandelier National Park. A "super volcano", its last eruption was 50,000- 60,000 years ago. With an unimaginable force, estimated equivalent to 2,000 times that exhibited during the Mt St Helens eruption, the lava of this silent giant lies @ 3 - 4 miles below the surface. The ash clouds, flow and atmospheric disruption potential of this single site could spell an end to human civilization as we know it. Just one reality check among many concerning the meaning of life for visitors to this region. More information about the caldera: http://vallescaldera.com/ and its geology and maps.