Malpai Valley of Fires

The Spanish Explores in The 16th century called this extensive lava flow malpais (badlands).  The river of lava that flowed down this “Valley of Fires” erupted from a volcano 7 miles from where this EAR1 remote station listened. The eruption is fairly new, as it took place about 1000 years ago. Extending through the valley for 44 miles, the malpais averages 3 miles in width. The ropy type of lava is called “pahoehoe” Valley of Fires is located in the central southern region of New Mexico, near Trinity Site.

This Remote Station instrument picks up the winds swirling through the lava beds. The three cello strings are tuned to three part harmony. The clarinet faintly interprets with breathy melody.


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