Lava Butte Lava Flow
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 43° 55.016 W 121° 21.469
10T E 631844 N 4863957
A geologic history sign about the Lava Butte lava flow.
Waymark Code: WMN3NF
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 12/20/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 1

Sign is located along the Crater Rim Trail at Lava Butte.

Marker Name: Lava Butte Lava Flow
Marker Text: Pouring from a breach on the south side of Lava Butte, lava moved in a series of overlapping flows. The lava spread downhill to the northwest covering nine square miles and filling six miles of the Deschutes River channel. Eventually the river cut a new channel, crating Benham, Dillon and Lava Island Falls.

Within the Lava Butte Lava Flow there are several islands of trees on higher ground that were not overcome by the lava flows from this eruption. These islands are called kipukas, a Hawaiian word for older lava completely surrounded by a new flow. The harsh conditions on the younger lava flows limit the growth of vegetation in most areas.

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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