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Mono Lake volcano

cinder cones 2121 m / 6,959 ft
California, USA (mainland exept Alaska), 38°N / -119.03°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) | Reports
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Typical eruption style: Explosive
Mono Lake volcano eruptions: 1890 (?), 1790 ± 75, 1550 ± 300, 1150 ± 200, 350 AD ± 100
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Sat, 13 Oct
Sat, 13 Oct 08:21 UTCM 0.6 / 0.1 km2 km- 4km WNW of Mammoth Lakes, CA
Sat, 13 Oct 05:24 UTCM 1.4 / 1.5 km5 km- 8km ENE of Mammoth Lakes, CA
Fri, 12 Oct
Fri, 12 Oct 21:46 UTCM 1.2 / 6.8 km31 km- 39km SSW of Qualeys Camp, NV
Fri, 12 Oct 15:47 UTCM 0.8 / 9.2 km17 km- 39km ESE of Bridgeport, California
Fri, 12 Oct 07:51 UTCM 0.3 / 1.8 km5 km- 10km ENE of Mammoth Lakes, CA
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The Mono Lake volcanic field east of Yosemite National Park and north of the Mono Craters in central eastern California is a series of cinder cones in Mono Lake and on its shore. It is one of the most recently active volcanoes in California, the last eruptions having occurred at Paoha Island only 100 or 230 years ago. Paoha Island's eruption was the appearance of a so-called cryptodome - a shallow intrusion of a viscous rhyolitic magma body that uplifted the lake bottom sediments.

Background:

The most topographically prominent feature of the Mono Lake volcanic field is Black Point, basaltic cone that grew from within the lake and now rises above the NW shore. It was formed about 13,300 years ago when the level of Mono Lake was higher.
Holocene (i.e. younger than 11,000 years) rhyodacitic lava domes and flows form Negit and parts of Paoha islands off the northern shore and center of the lake, respectively. Spectacular tuff towers line the shores of Mono Lake.
(Source: GVP)


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