Volcanoes Along the Snake

Volcanoes Along the Snake (HM2KUI)

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N 42° 46.197', W 114° 57.465'

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Lava Landscape

The features before you testify to a fiery volcanic past. Distant hills, called buttes, are actually "shield" volcanoes. Named for their shape, these shield volcanoes formed when lava flowed from cracks, or vents, in the earth's crust. Over the past seven million years, these lava flows repeatedly blocked the Snake River, forcing it southward. Remains of past lava flows are often exposed by erosion and can be seen as dark layers of basalt rock along the canyon walls. Volcanic eruptions in this region ended about 50,000 years ago.
The Snake River Aquifer is one of the largest underground fresh water systems in America. The water is held and channeled below the surface by successive layers of porous basalt rock.
Placed ByHagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, September 15th, 2019 at 8:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 667082 N 4737291
Decimal Degrees42.76995000, -114.95775000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 46.197', W 114° 57.465'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 46' 11.82" N, 114° 57' 27.9" W
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