Shiprock, Goldenrod, diatreme, volcanic plug, photo

Rock With Wings


Shiprock, a diatremic monadnock, rises abruptly from the virtually level surrounding plain. Located within the Navajo volcanic field, it is a classic geologically-distinct landform of the Colorado Plateau. The landforms of the Navajo volcanic field also figure prominently in the empirical knowledge and culture of the indigenous Navajo people. Small clusters of Goldenrod and other wildflowers are found throughout the plains surrounding the rock. Photo © copyright by Robert Faucher.

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