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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: 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
Mon, 18 Jun
Mon, 18 Jun 20:00 UTCM 0.3 / 9.3 km40 km- 42km S of Hawthorne, Nevada
Mon, 18 Jun 19:03 UTCM 0.1 / 0.1 km42 km- 27km SSW of Hawthorne, Nevada
Mon, 18 Jun 18:56 UTCM 0.1 / 11.7 km36 km- 32km SSW of Hawthorne, Nevada
Mon, 18 Jun 18:55 UTCM 0.9 / 7.7 km36 km- 32km SSW of Hawthorne, Nevada
Mon, 18 Jun 10:33 UTCM 0.3 / 0.1 km7 km- 5km NE 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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