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CRAT_000904_03.JPG: Crater Lake, Oregon.
At first glance, the cluster of dark, jagged rocks just off-shore calls to mind the image of a ghostly ship with tall masts and drooping sails. The "Phantom Ship" is actually a remnant of an ancient volcano called the Phantoms Cone.
Unlike the youthful Wizard Island made mostly of cinders erupted within the last few thousand years, the dense lavas of Phantom Ship may be more than 400,000 years old -- the oldest exposed rocks in the Crater Lake caldera.
The ship consists of two overlapping andesitic lava flows, part of the layering within the Phantom Cone. The subsequent growth of Mt. Mazama -- a much larger volcano -- engulfed the Phantom Cone. After Mt. Mazama collapsed, Phantom Ship was exposed. It is part of a ridge that protrudes from the caldera wall. Most of the ridge is now submerged, leaving Phantom Ship stranded off shore.
CRAT_000904_11.JPG: Whitebark Pines
Because of strong, harsh, and nearly constant winds, many of the trees here are deformed and stunted. The almost never-ending pressure bends trunks and branches so they grow away from the wind.
As the trunks thicken with age, they bury the curved bases of limbs on the windward sides. (You can see ridges where many of these limbs have been so covered.) Buds on the windward sides may also die. The combined result is the grotesque, lop-sided appearance typical of exposed trees at higher elevations.
The trees before you are whitebark pines -- one of the few kinds of trees which can survive under these severe conditions.
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Wikipedia Description: Crater Lake National Park
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Crater Lake National Park is a United States National Park located in Southern Oregon whose primary feature is Crater Lake. It was established on May 22, 1902 as the fifth National Park in the U.S. The park encompasses Crater Lake's caldera, which rests in the remains of a destroyed volcano posthumously called Mount Mazama. It is the only National Park in Oregon.
The lake is 1,949 feet (594m) deep at its deepest point which makes it the deepest lake in the United States, second in North America, and according to Wikipedia's list of lakes by depth, the ninth deepest anywhere in the world. However, when comparing its average depth of 1148 feet (350 m) to the average depth of other deep lakes, Crater Lake becomes the deepest in the Western Hemisphere and the third deepest in the world. The impressive average depth of this volcanic lake is due to the nearly symmetrical 4000 foot (1220 m) deep caldera formed 7,700 years ago during the violent climactic eruptions and subsequent collapse of Mt. Mazama and the relatively moist climate that is typical of the crest of the Cascade Mountains.
The caldera rim ranges in elevation from 7000 to 8000 feet (2100 to 2400 m). The USGS benchmarked elevation of the lake surface itself is 6178 ft (1883 m). The park covers 286 mi˛ (741 km˛). Crater Lake has no streams flowing into or out of it. The lake's water regularly has a striking blue hue. The lake is filled entirely from direct precipitation in the form of snow and rain. All water that enters the lake is eventually lost from evaporation or subsurface seepage.
For more details on this topic, see Mount Mazama.
Volcanic activity in the area is fed by subduction off the coast of Oregon as the Juan de Fuca Plate slips below the North American Plate (see plate tectonics). Heat and compression generated by this movement has created a mountain chain topped by a series of volcanoes, which together ...More...
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2000 photos: Image quality isn't going to be very good because these are scans of prints. In 2000, I was using a Pentax ME Super SLR camera. This was way before I went digital so the images you see on this site were manually scanned from the original prints, some 4x6 and some 5x7. The scaffolding that was being used on the Washington Momnument came down in March so you'll see it disappear this year. In 2000, I took three weeks and drove across country in my new Saturn station wagon -- taking the northern route through Montana and other places, arriving in San Francisco (a place I'd always wanted to visit), and then returning via a southern route. The cross-country drive meant that I took pictures in a 20 different states (an annual record for me) as well as one foreign country.