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The Window in the Rock

About 90 miles west of Albuquerque, NM, lies a rugged wash of terrain, tortured by volcanic warfare and desert extremes. The El Malpais National Monument has a number of molten lava-formed features, like cinder cones, caves, trenches and other formations. Above the lower valley flows of black, cooled lava, are sandstone cliffs and rocky crags offering a uniquely different look. The name, El Malpais, is Spanish for badland or bad country, referring to the rugged volcanic terrain. A short detour off Interstate 40 brought me to a couple well known features of the monument.

As always, click on the images to view them in larger format…it is almost like being there!

Top of the Sandstone Cliffs at El Malpais National Monument

Top of the Sandstone Cliffs at El Malpais National Monument

The black streaks and patches on the valley floor are lava beds a midst the sage brush.

La Ventana (The Window) in the rocks, created by a natural arch.

La Ventana (The Window) in the rocks, created by a natural arch.

Having read through the Holy Bible a number of times, until recently I never noticed that volcanoes are indeed mentioned a number of times. While they are not mentioned with the same name, their description is unmistakable. ¬†There are more that a dozen references to them, but I think the Psalmist did a great job capturing the essence of these incredible fountains of fire. “The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the peoples see His glory.” Psalms 97:5-6

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