Las Cruces Real Estate | Throwback Thursday - Kilbourne Hole
If you and your family are looking for a fun outdoor adventure, you might want to consider visiting Kilbourne Hole located in Southern Dona Ana County between Las Cruces and El Paso. This large spectacle is a 1.7 mile wide volcanic crater called a maar that has origins from a series of linked basins patterned along the Rio Grande rift. Kilbourne Hole is hundreds of feet deep and was formed due to explosive interactions between hot basaltic material and groundwater. Now dormant, this large hole in the ground is approximately 24,000-100,000 years old. This maar crater is particularly special because of the abundance of both crustal and mantle xenoliths. The existence of mantle xenoliths is pretty rare and they can be found in this area in abundance if you are willing to search. They can be found in normal gray colored rocks that you break open to uncover the shiny olivine and pyroxene and sometimes peridotite inside. If the complex geology of this area does not interest you, the views and potential for rocking hunting might!
Source: Bureau of Land Management and Google Earth
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