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One of the most iconic and memorable of the American Southwest's landforms, Shiprock was unveiled to the world when the skies washed away its surrounding landscape with rainfall and snowmelt, exposing the relatively erosion-resistant “throat” of a once-subterranean volcano. Soaring nearly 1,600 feet above a surrounding high desert plain, geologists call Shiprock an inselberg, a German word meaning “island mountain.”

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