Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tent Rocks

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".
(from the Trail Guide)


Norman Montifar said...

Incredible landscape shots, Mike!

Mike said...

Thanks, Norman. I've never had a very good eye for landscape, so this was a good exercise for both the eyes and the legs. This was the first visit for me to the Tent Rocks site, though it is just an hour's drive from my place in Albuquerque. I'm going back again soon to try to build on some of the lessons from the first shoot.