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Take Me There Maybe Later
  • Title

    Ancient Colorado; Rainforest Eruption

  • Artist

    Jan Vriesen and Kirk Johnson

  • Location

    Colorado Convention Center

  • Neighborhood

    Central Business District

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    Acrylic Paintings

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Rainforest Eruption
South Table Mountain
64 million years ago

Volcanic eruptions poured lava across Colorado’s landscape during the formation of the current Rocky Mountains, some 64 million years ago. The Front Range was mantled with tropical rainforest, and lava cut fiery swathes through the dense vegetation—much as it does on the big island of Hawaii today. 

The flat top of South Table Mountain near Golden, Colorado, is actually the remains of Paleocene lava flows. The lava solidified into rock that was much harder than the underlying soil, and erosion has since sculpted the landscape into the familiar shapes of rock-capped mesas.