“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tulelake in Siskiyou County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Spatter Cones

Spatter Cones Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 2, 2009
1. Spatter Cones Marker
Inscription.  The “chimneys” before you built up as hot gasses propelled globs of lava high into the air like lumpy oatmeal boiling over a pot. This lava quickly formed dramatic, hollow spatter cones as it fell back to the ground. Later, less explosive lava flowed out, creating the massive Devils Homestead flow. If you are traveling from the north, you have driven along its entire 3.5 mile (5.6 km) length to the source. The magma that formed both features came up through a long fissure in the ground that runs along Gillem Bluff to your left. Weak spots in the surface like this one allow magma to erupt and form a multitude of different volcanic features.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Environment.
Location. 41° 45.437′ N, 121° 34.056′ W. Marker is in Tulelake, California, in Siskiyou County. Marker can be reached from Hill Road (County Road 10). The marker is within the boundaries of Lava Beds National Monument. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tulelake CA 96134, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The End of the Modoc War (approx. 0.8 miles away); A Volcanic Classroom (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ambush at Midday - The Thomas-Wright Battle of April 26, 1873 (approx. 1.7 miles away); Beds of Lava (approx. 1.7 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 2˝ miles away); J.D. Howard (approx. 4.3 miles away); Last Meeting of the Peace Commission (approx. 4.4 miles away); Canby Cross (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tulelake.
The "Chimneys" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 2, 2009
2. The "Chimneys"
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 430 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on January 27, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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