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Monday, November 5, 2012

We’re on the Moon

Rick Morgan


Not really…since we’ve never been there, we can’t say for sure, but the surroundings here sure felt “as if” this could be what it is like on the moon.

Craters of the Moon National Monument located in Arco, Idaho, is unbelievably a “work in progress” as they say. With its’ beginnings,  about 15,000 years ago, it has generated major volcanos that were formed over eight major eruptive periods, constructing magnificent, vast lava fields, and formidable earthquakes – one of which was the 6.9 Mount Borah earthquake we wrote about while visiting Challis, Idaho.

Thankfully the last eruption was about 2,000 years ago. Currently this region is experiencing basin and range type faulting, which is stretching or pulling apart the crust. The Lost River Range north of the town of Arco provides good evidence that these forces are still active.

The Monument itself is spread over a large section of land - 1,117 sq. miles to be exact - this particular area is filled with predominantly rock formations, caves, and caverns. The best way to get the “feel of this place” is to look at the photos – they truly speak to you, and give you a feeling of the terror, beauty, and power…right where we stand.