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Rio Grande Gorge State Park, New Mexico, USA
New Mexico

The Rio Grande River was not responsible for the creation of the gorge that slices through New Mexico.  The gorge represents a rift in the earth's crust where either side is slowly being pulled away from the other.  The rift began forming over 30 million years ago between two fault lines.  Around northern New Mexico,  the thin sliver of the earth's crust between the two faults slipped downward.

Rivers found their way into the disconnected basins that were formed, filled them with sediment, and eventually joined to form the Rio Grande River that winds its way down the great rift to the ocean.  Here in northern New Mexico, you can clearly see the dark brown basalt walls along the river, formed of lava from the mantle - the rift goes all the way down.

Copyright: John roberts
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Chargée: 09/03/2012
Mis à jour: 10/06/2014
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Tags: river; gorge; geology; outdoors; public lands; state park; rift valley; volcanism; basalt
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