Volcanoes / Lava Flows

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Volcanic Resources of El Malpais

A volcanic wilderness of amazing basaltic lava features awaits at El Malpais. Learn more about how this incredible lava landscape formed.

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Cinder Cones

Many of the lava flows of El Malpais erupted from cinder cones. Learn about these types of volcanoes that dot the El Malpais landscape.

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Hawaiian Style Eruptions

The volcanic landscape of El Malpais was created by Hawaiian style eruptions of basaltic lava. Learn about this volcanic eruption style.

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Lava Flow Surface Features

The lava flows of El Malpais feature unusual shapes and structures unique to basaltic lava. Learn more about features you might find.

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Inflation Structures

Several lava flows at El Malpais feature interesting inflation structures that create wild looking landscapes.

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Monogenetic Volcanic Fields

El Malpais protects a monogenetic volcanic field with multiple volcanoes that only erupted once. Learn more about this type of volcanic area

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Many kīpukas dot the lava flow landscape of El Malpais. Learn more about these ecological islands in the middle of the lava.

Last updated: December 1, 2022

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