El Malpais National Monument


El Mal·pa·is National Monument

geographical name \ˌel-ˌmäl-pä-ˈēs\

Definition of EL MALPAIS NATIONAL MONUMENT

site W New Mexico including volcanic features

El Malpais National Monument

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Natural area, west-central New Mexico, U.S. Located at an elevation of 6,400–8,400 ft (1,950–2,560 m), it covers 179 sq mi (464 sq km), including a lava flow area of 133 sq mi (344 sq km). Features include a 17-mi (27-km) lava tube system, a number of ice caves, volcanic cinder cones, one of New Mexico's largest natural arches, and more than 20 gas and lava spatter cones. Designated a national natural landmark with the name McCarty Lava Flow in 1969, it became a national monument in 1987.

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