Posted by: danielfee | September 17, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 09-17-2012

Ubehebe Crater – Death Valley National Park, CA

Ubehebe Crater is located at the north tip of the Cottonwood Mountains in the northeast section of Death Valley National Park. The crater is half a mile wide and up to 777 feet deep. The age of the crater is estimated from 2,000 to 7,000 years old. The crater was formed when magma migrated close to the surface and the heat of the magma flashed groundwater into steam, throwing large quantities of pulverized old rock and new magma across the stony alluvial fan draped across the valley floor. Miocene-aged mostly reddish orange-colored conglomerate makes up the exposed bedrock in Ubehebe’s walls. There is also a difference in color between the seabed sediments – on the left the 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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  1. Strange but awesome! 🙂


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