The hot spot underneath Yellowstone National Park is the same one that created Craters' three different lava fields, 60 lava flows, 25 cinder cones
, and half-dozen eruptive fissures, long cracks where lava once flowed.
Five age classes were named Sunset, O'Neill, Red, Hobble, and Cedar based upon representative cinder cones
A candidate for federal listing as an endangered species, the wekiu bug was first discovered in 1979 by entomologists on Pu'u Wekiu, the summit cinder cone
At the bottom is the familiar cinder cone
, formed when gas bubbles in the magma burst, throwing lava high into the air.
During Feinstein's performance on the Senate floor, where she illustrated various beauties of the California desert with large color photographs, she seemed at times as if she were selling cinder cones
and barrel cactus like so much merchandise on the Home Shopping Network.
Visiting geologists showed farmers that Paricutin was simply a new version of the area's many other dormant cinder cones
, in the rich soil of whose craters they planted corn.
The workshop is conducted March 29-April 2, and includes visits to the Kelso Dunes, historic Kelso Depot, Afton Canyon riparian areas, Cinder Cones
and Hole in the Wall area.
Indeed, while hauling my glacier-aged body - and nearly-as-old backpack - around for three days in this eclectic mix of forest, lava and snippets of water on the North Sister's front porch, I couldn't help but note that my brother-in-law Glenn Petersen and I were closer in age to nearby cinder cones
than to our fellow travelers.
The island is volcanic, with superb white sand beaches and a rugged landscape dominated by basalt lava flows and cinder cones
Visible from the top of the mountain are several red-colored mounds in the distance - cinder cones
born of the area's volcanic past.
The Mojave also contains nearly three dozen volcanic cinder cones
, including the Cima Dome, which is covered by what many believe to be one of the world's hugest and thickest Joshua tree forests.
Ring of Fire" is in fact the aquarium's theme, and as you enter you're assaulted by a multimedia barrage of spewing lava and smoking cinder cones