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Near Mill Creek in Shasta County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Cinder Cone Volcano and the Fantastic Lava Beds

 
 
Cinder Cone Volcano and the Fantastic Lava Beds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 3, 2009
1. Cinder Cone Volcano and the Fantastic Lava Beds Marker
Inscription. This basaltic andesite boulder was created about 350 years ago, during the formation of Cinder Cone Volcano. Cinder cones form when blobs of gas-charged lava explode from a volcano’s vent, then fall back to earth as cooled fragments of rock.

Cinder Cone volcano, in the park’s northeast corner, first erupted about 1650 AD. Ash deposits from its eruption are still found eight to ten miles away. Repeated basalt flows from Cinder Cone volcano, elevation 6,907 feet (2105 m) reached Butte Lake and dammed up Butte Creek, creating Snag Lake.

Colorful pieces of an earlier volcano were carried away by Cinder Cone’s lava flow and can be found in the Fantastic Lava Beds and Painted Dunes lava fields.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 26.91′ N, 121° 32.136′ W. Marker is near Mill Creek, California, in Shasta County. Marker can be reached from Lassen Peak Highway (State Highway 89), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located within the boundaries of Lassen Volcanic National Park at a trail parking area near Mill Creek. Marker is in this post office area: Mill Creek CA 96061, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
Basaltic Andesite Boulder image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 3, 2009
2. Basaltic Andesite Boulder
flies. Bumpass’s Hell (approx. 1.8 miles away); Pluck and Carry (approx. 1.9 miles away); Devastated Area (approx. 5.9 miles away); Hot Rock (approx. 6 miles away); Loomis Legacy (approx. 6.2 miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 6.3 miles away); Historic Crossroads Gateway (approx. 7 miles away); People of the Land (approx. 7 miles away).
 
Categories. Environment
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 292 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Full view of the marker. • Wide area view of the marker and its surroundings. • Photo of Cinder Cone Volcano and Lava Beds. • • Can you help?
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