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Monday, October 1, 2007

Fields of Rocks

In May 1914 Lassen Peak burst into eruption, beginning a seven-year cycle of sporadic volcanic outbursts. The climax of the episode took place in 1915, when the peak blew an enormous mushroom cloud some seven miles into the stratosphere. The reawakening of this volcano, which began as a vent on a larger extinct volcano known as Tehama, profoundly altered the surrounding landscape.


This field is on the way to Paynes Creek on Highway 36 out of Red Bluff. Miles and miles of acreage look like this surrounding Mount Lassen.

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