Contorted calcium-carbonate

Category: Sense of Place


Photo and caption by Ruth Frye

We wanted our friends to see one of New Mexico's geological treasures, so we took them to the Soda Dam, a unique geologic feature formed due to both the presence of a geo-thermal system and to deep seated faulting in the area. A very deep fault at Soda Dam (roughly perpendicular to the highway) serves as a conduit to bring water to the surface. Because of deep faults in the area, surface waters are able to penetrate deep enough to be heated by the earth itself, which is in turn heated by the molten rock underlying the area.

Location: Near Los Alamos, N.M.


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