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Mitten Rock
Mitten Rock (Navajo Volcanic Field, northwestern New Mexico, USA).jpg
Northeast aspect
Highest point
Elevation 6,557 ft (1,999 m)
Prominence 807 ft (246 m)
Isolation 5.37 mi (8.64 km)
Parent peak White Rock (6,634 ft)
Geography
Location San Juan County, New Mexico, US
Parent range Chuska Mountains
Colorado Plateau
Topo map USGS Mitten Rock
Geology
Age of rock Oligocene
Mountain type Volcanic plug
Type of rock Volcanic breccia

Mitten Rock is a 6,557-foot (1,999 meter) elevation summit located on Navajo Nation land in San Juan County of northwest New Mexico, United States. Mitten Rock is set in the northeastern part of the Navajo Volcanic Field, a volcanic field that includes intrusions and flows of minette and other unusual igneous rocks which formed around 30 million years ago during the Oligocene. Mitten Rock is one of the major diatremes of the Four Corners area, and with significant relief as it rises 900 feet (275 meters) above the high-desert plain. It is situated about 8.5 miles (13.7 km) southwest of Shiprock, the most famous of these diatremes. Mitten Rock has also been known as "Little Ship Rock." This landmark is called Tséłkǫ, meaning "Rock Is Fire" in the Navajo language. This geographical feature's descriptive name was applied by the US Army in 1892, and was officially adopted in 1915 by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. Precipitation runoff from this feature drains into Little Shiprock Wash, which is part of the San Juan River drainage basin. According to the Köppen climate classification system, Mitten Rock is located in a semi-arid climate zone with cold winters and hot summers.

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