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What type of rock is Shiprock made of?

What type of rock is Shiprock made of?

Shiprock is composed of fractured volcanic breccia and black dikes of igneous rock called minette, a type of lamprophyre. It is the erosional remnant of the throat of a volcano, and the volcanic breccia formed in a diatreme.

Is Shiprock intrusive or extrusive?

Ship rock is thought to represent the near-surface interior of a maar-type (steam blast) eruption. It is an intrusive rock that is called a volcanic neck.

How do I get Shiprock?

To reach the base of Shiprock for a self-guided tour and up-close view turn west off Hwy. 491 onto Red Valley Road / Route 5, south of the formation. Route 5 actually passes through the south dike and offers stunning views and connects with multiple dirt roads that will lead you to the base of Shiprock peak.

Is Shiprock a lava dome?

In the northwestern corner of New Mexico, a ragged dome of dark volcanic rock emerges from the dusty plateau like the sails of a ship against the horizon. The formation is bounded on the west by Shiprock Wash. Beyond is Bureau of Indian Affairs Road 5020.

Who has climbed Ship Rock?

David Brower
Bestor RobinsonJohn DyerRaffi Bedayn
Ship Rock/First ascenders

Can you see Ship Rock from the highway?

Can we see it from distance from closest paved road? Yes you can. You need to go south on 491 from the town of Shiprock. At about mile marker 85 turn west on Route 13.

What kind of rock is Shiprock New Mexico?

Shiprock, New Mexico Known today most commonly by the name Shiprock, the 1700-foot eroded volcanic plume is sacred to the Navahos as Tse Bi dahi, or the Rock with Wings.

What makes up the neck of Ship Rock?

The neck is composed of fractured volcanic rock, or breccia, crosscut by many thin veins of lava. Ship Rock is composed of an unusual, highly potassic magma composition called a “minette”, thought to form by very small degrees of melting of the earth’s mantle.

Where is the rock with wings in New Mexico?

Shiprock, New Mexico. Known today most commonly by the name Shiprock, the 1700-foot eroded volcanic plume is sacred to the Navahos as Tse Bi dahi, or the Rock with Wings.

Where is Shiprock in the Navajo Volcanic Field?

Shiprock is in the northeastern part of the Navajo Volcanic Field —a field that includes intrusions and flows of minette and other unusual igneous rocks that formed about 30 million years ago. Agathla (El Capitan) in Monument Valley is another prominent volcanic neck in this volcanic field. Map of Navajo Volcanic Field with Shiprock