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Exposed Volcanic Necks

Exposed Volcanic Necks
Exposed Volcanic Necks

Exposed Volcanic Necks

This view from the Pass at Rockypoint Wyoming to the Southeast across northern Crook County Wyoming. I’m actually standing in Campbell County with the camera. The sky was fully involved in a wonderful twilight sky snow.

Well you know those distant Mountains as Devils Tower (left) and the three Missouri Buttes (right). 4 ancient volcanos throats exposed by erosion remain elevated over the surrounding debris plains. The volcanos fed by these conduits didn’t erupt all at the same time precisely but were in the same general geologic time frame of a few million years. They are certainly all related and in the same volcanic “field”. Devils tower is 35 miles out from this spot…

Eruptions supplied by these pipes which occurred far above on ground that is no longer up there. Erosion removed a LOT of material that used to be above the Tower and the buttes. Deeply buried these rocks were originally. The harder rock making up the Eventually the pressure in the original volcanic system dropped to the point where it was not pushing magma up the pipes. Insulated by the surrounding rock, the magma froze slowly in place. Because of that insulation and the slow cooling, the rock (Phonolitic Porphyry) was able to “crystallize” and freeze into columns. Known for it’s columns, the Devil’s Tower has it’s status as our nations first national monument. The Missouri buttes only have SOME columns. Not as many or as well formed. So they are not considered monument worth lolol.

Location: Near the Bliss DInosaur Ranch, Wyoming/Montana borderlands (Wyotana)

Title: Exposed Volcanic Necks

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Devil’s Tower and The “Three Sisters” Deep in Winter

Devil's Tower and The "Three Sisters" Deep in Winter
Devil's Tower and The "Three Sisters" Deep in Winter

Taken January 2019, this image of the Devil’s Tower and the “Three Sisters” (Missouri Buttes) deep in winter in sub-zero temps. THe Pink is late in the day alpenglow with all the long shadows.

The Three sisters are about 30 miles out and the Devils tower about 40 from my vantage point on the Pass to Rocky Point Wyoming on Trail Creek Road. Campbell County Wyoming.
This is the view that tourists never see as they are all on the other side of those hills. You can see South Dakota from this site on a very clear day…completely across Crook County.

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Devils Tower/Missouri Butte Volcanic Complex in Twilight

Devils Tower/Missouri Butte Volcanic Complex in Twilight
Devils Tower/Missouri Butte Volcanic Complex in Twilight

I have to drive about 10 miles to get to this location viewing the Devils Tower/Missouri Butte Volcanic Neck Complex well before twilight to set up.

Devils Tower was the nations first National Monument. The “Three Sisters” as they were known to the wagon train pioneers, are related to the tower in space and time and are all remnants of ancient volcanic neck that have been exposed by eroding the material away from above. Many thousands of feet of sediment were washed down by the “Little Missouri River” to the Gulf of Mexico.

The 3 Missouri Buttes the real name) is about 30 miles drive from my cameras vantage and the tower is closer to 45 miles out. View from the Northwest (the side the tourists NEVER see). There has been a LOT of purple in the skies of Wyoming this fall. Not sure why more than normal though. 🤔

Location: Trail Creek Road, Pass at Rockypoint Wyoming.

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Missouri Buttes and Devils Tower

Missouri Buttes and Devils Tower
Missouri Buttes and Devils Tower

Way earlier as this storm was traveling from left to right over the Missouri Buttes and Devils tower *left center horizon out at 40 miles… The Storm was completely in South Dakota……
I was on Rocky Point pass… Went there 3 times in 2 days.

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5112 foot tall Devil’s Tower National Monument

5112 foot tall Devil's Tower National Monument
5112 foot tall Devil's Tower National Monument

Good Tuesday Morning from the Bliss DInosaur Ranch. 

That the 5112 foot tall Devil’s Tower National Monument standing 1267 feet high above the surrounding ground. That’s a big rock under that somewhat bigger thunderstorm……. 

:).

I did NOT work sunrise this morning. Too many other things on my plate.. 

:(.

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Devils Tower Volcanic Neck

Devils Tower Volcanic Neck
Devils Tower Volcanic Neck

Everybody known about the Devils Tower but also part of the “Volcanic neck” complex around the same time are the MIssouri Buttes. Non tourist angle from the north east .. Devils tower had more time to cool slowly and the columns formed much better….. Yesterday afternoon late…The grass is heading toward the golden side.