Friday, November 25, 2016

Geology of the National Parks in Pictures - Mojave National Preserve

The next up on my Tour of the Geology of the National Parks in pictures is:


During our tour of the deserts of the Southwest, we decided to drive through Mojave National Preserve on our way from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley National Park. Unfortunately the route we needed to take through the park took us across the western part of the park, where a lot of the most interesting things seemed like they were further to the east. Will have to hit this one back up sometime in the future.

 Southern entrance sign.


 A view of the Mojave Desert with some granite outcrops similar to Joshua Tree on the right side.


There was a huge series of sand dunes off to the west of our travels (the Kelso Dunes) that looked pretty cool.  


 The Kelso Depot Visitors Center. This was once a major train station in the area. Love the look of the place.

 Although we had to stay towards the western part of the park, we were able to travel by the Cinder Cone Lava Beds, seen in the distance,

 Closer up view of the lava flow and the cinder cone.

 Adjacent to where the lava flow runs right up next to the road.

 The edge of the lava flow, which had been cut and eroded adjacent to the road. You can see along the contact with the dirt that the lava had turned a light brown color where it fused with the soil.

A piece of fallen lava flow, where you can clearly see the part that was in contact with the soil and fused into it.

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