Devil’s Tower: Volcano Wannabe

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Looking West: Devil’s Tower (and the Missouri Buttes, on the left) formed from volcanic activity underground millions of years ago. Local uplift and the erosion of the softer sediments surrounding the Tower of granite led to its exposure.
Looking West: Devil’s Tower (and the Missouri Buttes, on the left) formed from volcanic activity underground millions of years ago. Local uplift and the erosion of the softer sediments surrounding the Tower of granite led to its exposure.

We made one more stop as we headed out of Wyoming today (see Looking West photo above). Some of the teachers were concerned for our safety and relayed the tales they had heard of alien abductions in this area. As we ventured closer, we felt more assured when we noticed live cows standing in nearby pastures and we continued our journey to Devil’s Tower National Monument.

 

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