Shiprock facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsShiprock
|Elevation||7,177 ft (2,188 m)|
|Prominence||1,583 ft (482 m)|
|Age of rock||27 million years|
|Mountain type||Volcanic breccia and minette|
|First ascent||1939 by David Brower, Raffi Bedayn, Bestor Robinson and John Dyer|
Shiprock is composed of fractured volcanic breccia and black dikes of igneous rock. It is the erosional remnant of the throat of a volcano. The exposed rock was probably formed 2,500–3000 feet (750–1,000 meters) below the Earth's surface, but exposed after millions of years of erosion.
Radiometric dating of the rock shows that the volcanic rocks solidified about 27 million years ago. Shiprock is in the northeastern part of the Navajo Volcanic Field. El Capitan in Monument Valley is another prominent volcanic neck in this field.
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Aerial view of Shiprock and Shiprock Dike, with the San Juan River behind
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