Sunday, June 12, 2016

New Mexico May 2016 Westward Ho! 14a Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Cochiti NM

Remember when you were in school and you had a multiple choice test and your teacher said that 2 answers would be obviously wrong, one would be "sort of" right and only one would be the correct answer for the specific question?  In that vein...

These rock forms may be found in 
a) New Mexico
b) Arizona
c) China
d) Turkey

A is correct but D is "almost" correct.  There are only 2 places where these rocks exist: Kasha-Katuwe in Cochiti, New Mexico and Turkey.  This picture is from Kasha-Katuwe.  And wow are they cool!!! 

The day we went there was cloudy and rainy in the morning.  We waited until the skies looked clear and headed over. And here is what we saw as the clouds cleared and then came back for awhile and then finally cleared again.  As we drove back out toward Cochiti Lake we saw the clouds dumping their contents all around us but not where we were.  And then we saw a beautiful rainbow.

I'll let the National Conservation Lands website describe it:

"The cone-shaped tent rock formations are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago and left pumice, ash, and tuff deposits over 1,000 feet thick.  Tremendous explosions from the Jemez volcanic field spewed pyroclasts (rock fragments), while searing hot gases blasted down slopes in an incandescent avalanche called a “pyroclastic flow.”
Precariously perched on many of the tapering hoodoos are boulder caps that protect the softer pumice and tuff below.  Some tents have lost their hard, resistant caprocks, and are disintegrating.  While fairly uniform in shape, the tent rock formations vary in height from a few feet up to 90 feet."

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