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Shiprock

Shiprock gives the impression of having been volcanically thrust out from the sands of the Mancos desert, but this isn’t the case. Shiprock is indeed a volcano but of a class called a “diatreme”, having formed explosively from gas-charged magma escaping at great velocity. It possessed a crater at the surface called a “maar”, but erosion has long since removed it along with much of the sedimentary strata through which it erupted.

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    This looks to me like something that doesn’t belong on Earth at all, even though it’s just a pretty ordinary volcanic...
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