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Lava Formation (from the New Mexico Portfolio)

Lava Formation (from the New Mexico Portfolio)

Artist: Arthur Lazar (American, born 1940)
Date: 1970 (printed 1976)
Medium: gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 9 × 11 7/8 in. (22.9 × 30.2 cm)
Support: 11 × 113 11/16 in. (27.9 × 288.8 cm)
Mat: 16 × 20 in. (40.6 × 50.8 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds from the public contribution box, 1978
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 3966.23PH
Description
According to the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources in Socorro, the Bandera basaltic lava flows of the Zuni-Bandera lava fields originated from Bandera Crater, a double cinder cone about 150 m high and 1 km in diameter that erupted about 10,000 years ago. Moisture gathering in a collapsed lava tube in the area resulted in a natural ice cave where the temperature remains a steady 31 degrees Fahrenheit and which has been accumulating ice for several thousand years. The crater and ice cave became a family operated tourist attraction in the 1900s.
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