MadSci Network: Earth Sciences

Re: What caused all those huge craters around Escobedo?

Date: Mon Jun 1 10:59:57 2009
Posted By: James R Holliday, Physics Department
Area of science: Earth Sciences
ID: 1238283805.Es


Greetings. The crater you discoverd with Google Earth is a part of the Pinacate volcanic field, in Pinacate National Park. Specifically, it is the Cerro Colorado tuff cone. This tuff cone is the biggest volcano crater in the park and was created largely by wet pyroclastic surges. It is suggested that several centers of eruption and collapse are responsible for the structure which today has a crater of about 1000 meters in diameter.

Great find!

I hope this has helped.


James R Holliday

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