Crater Lake National Park

This time the caldera is clearly visible. Seven thousand years ago, a glimpse in geologic history, Mount Mazama exploded in a gigantic cataclysmic eruption, killing all living creatures within a huge distance with streams of hot gas and ashes.

It must have been witnessed by the small human populations that inhabited the area. It might have been the last thing they saw - the erruption was immensely powerful, documented by the thick layers of the volcanic ashes and debris that can be found everywhere in North America. Throwing up those huge amounts of materials created a large cavern that finally collapsed and formed the circular lake, some 500 meters deep. Remains of old fumaroles are here as well, like chimneys hardened by the hot gases. The whole place must have been like a hellish inferno once upon a time.


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