So, The Amarillo Mountains Are Really A Thing And I’m Confused
There's a solid chance that if you're reading this, you're more than likely in the Texas panhandle. If so, you know that the panhandle of the Lone Star State isn't know for snow capped peaks.
That doesn't mean that Amarillo doesn't have mountains. The Amarillo mountains are really a thing, and they're kind of confusing.
Amarillo's Mountains Are Underground Mountains
Leave it to a place known for its half-buried Cadillac collection to have mountains that don't make much sense. I'm still trying to wrap my feeble brain around this.
The Amarillo Mountains are underground. This of course means they're very, very old.
They also happen to be shared with our neighbors to the east. The Amarillo mountains are part of the Arbuckle/Ouichita/Wichita mountains in Oklahoma.
Ours are just better at playing hide and seek, I guess.
How Can Mountains Exist Underground? Wouldn't They Just Be...The Ground?
Fair questions. To put it simply, we honestly don't know much about what's underneath us. I've read articles, journals, wikis, you name it...trying to wrap my head around this.
Basically underneath us, a long long way underneath us, there is a section of the Earth's mantle that we don't know much about; other than that when there are deep earthquakes the shock waves give off some really interesting readings. At least, that's what's going on according to these guys. Those readings show that there are mountains buried, not just here, but in a lot of places.
It isn't too far fetched to think that given enough time, mountain ranges could get covered up thanks to a variety of reasons. Think about ice ages, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes...and not to mention the Texas panhandle wind that I'm pretty sure could blow a mountain over on the right day.