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'The Land of Fire and Ice', El Malpais National Monument


29 April


New Mexico


Some pictures:

This is a strange contrast, the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano together in 'The Land of Fire and Ice.'

The Bandera Volcano rose up in volcanic fury some 10,000 years ago. It is one of the finest examples of an erupted volcano in the country, and also one of the most accessible.  Then right next to it, located in part of a collapsed lava tube, the ICE CAVES temperature never rises above 31 F. The natural layers of perpetual ice glisten blue-green in the reflected rays of sunlight.

Educational, exercise and fresh air ...

(click on the small pictures to see it full size below.  Use the arrows to see more pictures, there are 6 picture in this series)