Posted by: danielfee | April 2, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 04-02-2012

Ubehebe Crater - Death Valley National Park, CA

 Ubehebe Crater (pronounced YOU-bee-HEE-bee)  is a large crater in the volcanic field located in the northern half of Death Valley National Park in California. Ubehebe Crater is at the north tip of the Cottenwood Mountains and is half a mile wide and 500 to 777 feet (150 to 237 m) deep. The age of the crater is estimated from 2,000 to 7,000 years old. “Ubehebe” is a Timbisha Native American word meaning “Big basket in the rock.” Miocene-aged mostly reddish orange-colored conglomerate makes up the exposed bedrock in Ubehebe’s walls. These sediments contain limestone, mudstone, quartzite and volcanic cobbles that are up to 8 inches in diameter. There is also a difference in color between these seabed sediments: On the left these sediments are yellowish in hue while on the right they are orange. The reason is due to a fault that separates the two different sedimentary units. Over time at least 400 feet of vertical displacement along this fault has resulted in the abutment of these two different sedimentary units.

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