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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 Holocene cinder cones, three in the Lavic Lake area and a fourth in the Rodman Mountains 20 km (12.4 mi) to the west (Miller 1989). 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. More recent work indicates a convergence of dates for Pisgah Crater from paleomagnetic, argon-argon, and cosmogenic helium at about 25,000 years BP (Reid 2002, pers. comm.). Another very 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 *