Step Into Another World - Deschutes County, Oregon
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 43° 54.657 W 121° 21.405
10T E 631943 N 4863294
This geology sign is located along The Trail of the Molten Lands at Lava Lands Visitor Center.
Waymark Code: WMEVCQ
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 07/09/2012
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Geology sign about the Trail of the Molten Lands and the 7000 year old flow that it crosses. Sign was installed in June 2012 as part of an ADA upgrade of the trail.

Marker Name: Step Into Another World
Marker Text: Welcome to the Molten Lands
You are about to enter a world where lava dominates the landscape and living things must adapt to a harsh environment. The Trail of the Molten Lands provides insights into the formation of Lava Butte (the cinder cone you see in the distance), as well as close-up views of many unique features of this lava flows. It also shares the survival stories of local high desert plants and animals trying to make a living here.

Imagine standing here 7,000 years ago as a wall of molten lava bulldozed toward you, engulfing the forest in flames. Although it reached temperatures over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, the flow was cooling as it moved, causing it to break into chunks and blocky pieces. From here you can see that the force of the flow was overtaken by gravity and its course changed, flowing downhill toward the Deschutes River to the west (your left).

Historic Topic: Geological

Group Responsible for placement: Forest Service

Marker Type: Trail

Region: Central Oregon

County: Deschutes

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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