Image credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
From the NASA Image of the Day site: Northern Arizona is best known for the Grand Canyon. Less widely known
are the hundreds of geologically young volcanoes, at least one of which
buried the homes of local residents. San Francisco Mountain, a
truncated stratovolcano, was once a much taller structure before it
exploded some 400,000 years ago a la Mt. St. Helens. The young cinder
cone field to its east includes Sunset Crater, that erupted in 1064 and
buried Native American homes. This ASTER perspective was created by
draping ASTER image data over topographic data from the U.S. Geological
Survey National Elevation Data.
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