Mt Sopris: just add magma and erosion.
Photo by Scot Gerdes, graduate of the Colorado Mountain College Professional Photography Program.
Imagine the making of our Mount Sopris into the beautiful icon that it is today. It looked very different – it wasn’t a mountain at all – 66 million years ago:
Extreme geologic forces were at work here around 34 million years ago. In layman’s terms, think about how a blood blister forms and then think about it on a massive earth scale.
Magma, molten rock beneath the earth’s surface, is the blood that blisters into the “skin” of the earth. This is called an igneous intrusion.
Many people mistakenly believe Mt. Sopris was a volcano. Instead, the magma in Mt. Sopris never erupted; it crystallized 10,000 feet beneath the surface.
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