Exploring the Geology of Northern New Mexico

The switch to Daylight Savings Time can be pretty difficult when you’re stuck in a classroom. Fortunately, last Monday we got to spend the day outside with our 7th graders from McCurdy Charter School!

We headed north to hike in the Abiquiu area. This region is a really nice spot to discuss geology because we were hiking right in between the Colorado Plateau and the Rio Grande Rift. What better place to learn about and explore the geology of northern New Mexico?

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Headed up the trail
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Checking out the Entrada Sandstone
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Observing the Ritito Conglomerate

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Entire class with Entrada Sandstone

We climbed a good deal on this hike, and the higher we went, the better the view seemed to be.

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Admiring the view

We had a contest to see who could find (and explain) the coolest rock, and there were many contenders.

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We had a fabulous hike, and we found fantastic examples of metamorphic, sedimentary, and igneous rocks. We learned about weathering and erosion. Most of all, we had a great time getting outside and exploring the world around us on foot!

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