Image taken: 2015by: Adam Read
© 2015 Adam Read
(WGS 84 or NAD 83)
About this image
Turututu (a.k.a. Tutucapato or Black Butte) in the foreground is not a volcanic cone, but is rather an erosional remnant of a volcanic plateau that covered this part of the Southern Albuquerque Basin about 25-33 million years ago. The lava flows exposed here of were part of the La Jara Peak Basaltic Andesite that had an eruptive source near Riley, NM.
Image taken from I-25 looking East with the Los Piños Mountains in the background. Turututu is just south of US-60.
Image posted: 12-14-2018
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