Craters – Surface Surveys
Craters of the Moon Lava Field – Idaho, USA
Protected in 1924 as a US National Monument. In 2019, the monument received an International Dark Sky Park designation.
Occupying an area of 400 square miles and bordering the Snake River Plain, Craters of the Moon is the one of the largest and best-preserved Holocene-aged, basaltic lava fields in the US.
Between 6 million and 15,000 years ago, volcanic eruptions created 4,000-ft. thick basalt flows that form the current surface of the lava field. The eruptions continued sporadically until 2,000 years ago.
In 1969, Apollo 14 astronauts spent time in the lava fields in preparation for their trip to the moon. NASA research continues at Craters of the Moon today.
The survey is comprised of 35 (29 aerial) photographs captured with medium format Leica camera equipment.