Our home in Abiquiu is at the base of a volcanic mountain. The alluvial soil of the plane is cut by a maze of steep arroyos. Here, geological processes evolve on a perceptible time scale. Our dirt is a visitor, spending a brief time and then moving toward the Gulf of Mexico. This summer, the drought was broken by a violent flood that brought a scattering of blue lava rocks from the mountain, collapsed banks and shifted channels.
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