Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Geology of the National Parks in Pictures - Craters of the Moon

The next up on my tour of the National Parks in pictures:

Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve

My standard park sign picture, but this time with the little one.

 Lava tube entrance.

 This one shows a pretty good view of the landscape that has many trees and shrubs but is still pretty barren.

A lot of dead trees hanging about.

 Climbing up the largest of the cinder cones, Inferno Cone.

 Panoramic view from the top of Inferno Cone.

 View from Inferno Cone of a couple of smaller cinder cones.

Some nice aa, splatter lava.

 View of a lava flow showing large chunks of volcanic rocks.

 Another view of the same lava flow, this time a little further up. You can see a nice transition from the pahoehoe to the aa style lava.

 Me entering one of the lava tubes.

 Some nice ribbon lava. I really love the fine cracks that run perpendicular to the ribbon folds.

View looking out of one of the smaller lava tubes, Dewdrop Cave.

Within the largest lava tube in the park, Indian Tunnel. Several places along the length of the tube, the ceiling has caved in giving visitors a nice walk even without the need of a headlamp.

1 comment:

  1. A crater of the moon is a U.S National monuments. A ranger-led walk is the main and the entertaining activity in the summer vacations. This park contains a 375 plant species. They park attractions provides an opportunity to the visitors to enjoy a cave like Dewdrop Cave, Boy Scout Cave, Beauty Cave and Indian Tunnel. I personally have enjoyed a camping which is best recreational activity. Now, I m planning yellowstone bus tours with my friends. Any suggestion for my visit would be much appreciated there.


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