Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Menan Buttes

This past weekend was, of course, a three day weekend. So on Friday Jess and I went and climbed Menan buttes, ID. The buttes are small volcanic vents, they are made of tuff. Tuff is lava that is erupted from a volcano flies through the air and lands on the ground, then cools and welds to surface. If a vent erupts enough of this it builds a cone shaped vent. The huge super-volcano know as Yellowstone is a hot spot, as the North American tectonic plate moves, the super-volcano leaves a trail of eruptions. The Menan buttes are a few vents from when that super-volcano was much closer. Not to bad of a climb. On Saturday Jess, Brandon (from my Geology class), and I climbed them again. This time Brandon and I walked all the way around the rim, it was a lot of fun to use some of the skills we have gained in class, out in the field.


  1. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This was a fun trip. We should do it again some time soon.