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Valley of Fires recreation area

Valley of Fires recreation area

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PHIL DEGGINGER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PHIL DEGGINGER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Valley of Fires recreation area is located immediately adjacent to the Malpais Lava Flow. Approximately 5,000 years ago, Little Black Peak erupted and flowed 44 miles into the Tularosa Basin, filling the basin with molten rock. The resulting lava flow is four to six miles wide, 160 feet thick and covers 125 square miles. The lava flow is considered to be one of the youngest lava flows in the continental United States.

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