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Lavic Lake Volcanic Field

 Lavic Lake Volcanic Field
Pisgah Crater, part of the Lavic Lake Volcanic Field.

Quick Facts

The Lavic Lake volcanic field contains four late Pleistocene cinder cones, three in the Lavic Lake area and a fourth in the Rodman Mountains 20 km (12.4 mi) to the west. Pisgah Crater, a 100-m-high (328 ft) cinder cone, is the most prominent feature of the basaltic lava field. Nearby vents were the source of dominantly pahoehoe lava flows that traveled 8 km (5 mi) southeast to Lavic Lake and in a narrow lobe that traveled over alluvial-fan and lake-bed deposits as far as 18 km (11.2 mi) west of the vent. Argon radiometric dating yields an age of 18,300±5,200, and a chlorine surface-exposure age is 22,500±2,600. For the Pisgah Crater lava flows, paleodirection sampling yielded directions that add no additional constraints on the isotopic ages mentioned. Another youthful looking, but undated cinder cone and lava field of the Lavic Lake volcanic field is located in the Sunshine Peak area of the Lava Beds Mountains, south of the better known Pisgah Crater.
Location: California, San Bernardino County
Latitude: 34.75° N
Longitude: 116.625° W
Elevation: 1,495 (m) 4,905 (f)
Volcano type: volcanic field
Composition: basalt
Most recent eruption: 10,000 years ago
Nearby towns: Barstow, Newberry Springs
Threat Potential: Low/Very Low *