Sunset Crater in the San Francisco Volcanic Field • Earth.com

Last update: November 16th, 2019 at 11:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at Sunset Crater in the San Francisco Volcanic Field.

The Sunset Crater was created in 1085 C.E. when a new volcano erupted and spewed ash and lava all over the surrounding area. During the eruptions, magma rose up through a vent forming a cinder cone.

The crater contains bright orange rings around the cone, which is where it gets its name.

This image was captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on board the Landsat 8 satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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