Cinder cone volcano in the Santa Clara volcanic field, date unspecified | Public Domain Image, St. George News
ST. GEORGE – The small town of Veyo, Utah – just 20 minutes northwest of St. George with a total population of 822 – is nestled in the shadow of a volcano.
“Land of volcanoes”, indicates its welcome sign. Just over 8.5 miles south of Veyo, just south of the scenic Diamond Valley, is the Santa Clara volcano.
Don’t worry: neither the Veyo volcano nor the Santa Clara volcano will ever erupt again. That’s because they’re both cinder cones – also known as cinder cones – said Eric Christiansen, a retired geology professor at BYU.
And the ash cones are monogenetic, which means they only erupt once, he said.
Christiansen was part of a research team that in 2013 uncovered evidence that a supervolcano near Wah Wah Springs erupted 30 million years ago, burying an area stretching from central Utah in central Nevada and Fillmore in the north to Cedar City in the south. .
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Written by KAITLYN BANCROFT, The Salt Lake Tribune.
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