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Zuni-Bandera

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  • United States
  • Canada and Western USA
  • Volcanic field
  • 1170 BCE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 34.8°N
  • 108°W

  • 2550 m
    8366 ft

  • 327120
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

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This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.

Eruptive History

There is data available for 2 Holocene eruptive periods.

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1170 BCE ± 300 years Unknown Confirmed 0 Radiocarbon (corrected) McCartys flow
8710 BCE ± 300 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Bandera Crater
Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Zuni-Bandera.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Zuni-Bandera.

Photo Gallery

Bandera Crater in the center is part of the Zuni-Bandera lava field that covers a 2460 sq km area of central New Mexico. The lava field contains 74 vents that erupted voluminous lava flows, including the 90-km-long Fence Lake flow and the youngest flow of the lava field, the 3000-year-old McCartys lava flow. The McCartys flow traveled 60 km to the north, extending to the base of the Mount Taylor range, the peak in the distance.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1987 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
Bandera Crater, one of the youngest features of the Zuni-Bandera lava field, is a breached cinder cone that fed a lava flow dated about 9000 BCE. The Bandera lava flow forms part of El Malpais (Spanish for "badlands"), the largely unvegetated, youngest Quaternary basaltic lava flows that cover a broad area south of Grants, New Mexico.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1987 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
GVP Map Holdings

The maps shown below have been scanned from the GVP map archives and include the volcano on this page. Clicking on the small images will load the full 300 dpi map. Very small-scale maps (such as world maps) are not included. The maps database originated over 30 years ago, but was only recently updated and connected to our main database. We welcome users to tell us if they see incorrect information or other problems with the maps; please use the Contact GVP link at the bottom of the page to send us email.


Title: W US /Map of Dist, Comp, Age-Late CZ Volc Centers
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1984
Series: MI
Map Type: Geology (Volcano)
Scale: 1:2,500,000
Map of W US /Map of Dist, Comp, Age-Late CZ Volc Centers

Title: Albuquerque
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1983
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Albuquerque

Title: Paxton Springs
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1981
Series: V881
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:24,000
Map of Paxton Springs

Title: San Rafael
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1981
Series: V881
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:24,000
Map of San Rafael

Title: Acoma Pueblo
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1978
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:100,000
Map of Acoma Pueblo

Title: Geothermal Energy Resources of the Western United States
Publisher: ERDA and USGS
Country: United States
Year: 1977
Map Type: Cultural (Geothermal Resources)
Scale: 1:1,250,000
Map of Geothermal Energy Resources of the Western United States

Title: Saint Johns
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1970
Series: V502
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Saint Johns

Title: Socorro
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1970
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Socorro

Title: Ice Caves
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1967
Series: V881
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:24,000
Map of Ice Caves

Title: Geol Map of New Mexico
Publisher: USGS w/ UNM, Dept of Geol; NMIMT; State Bureau MMR
Country: United States
Year: 1965
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Geol Map of New Mexico

Title: Arrosa Ranch
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1961
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:24,000
Map of Arrosa Ranch
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

There are no samples for Zuni-Bandera in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

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