18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Backbone Shiprock

The spine of Shiprock is an ancient lava tube that fed the volcano when it erupted. The peak is 7,178 above sea level, and is at the center of three volcanic pressure ridges that pushed the rock skyward millennia ago.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: New Mexico, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Copyright: © Lynn Levitt