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The Devils Homestead Lava Flow
Lava Beds National Monument, California

Viciously jagged black rock covers most of this small national monument. These are lava flows from recent geologic times, and new eruptions could conceivably occur. The whole area is riddled with lava tube caves, some with developed access, others completely wild and many probably still undiscovered. There are also other volcanic features, such as splatter cones, cinder cones, and eruption craters.

Skull Cave, named for bighorn sheep skulls found deep inside, is one of the largest diameter lava tubes. Its lowest level is floored with year-around ice.


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The Devils Homestead Lava Flow

The Devils Homestead Lava Flow

The incredibly rough Devils Homestead Lave Flow, riddled with lava tube caves

Modoc Lava Beds National Monument, California

Date photographed: July 20, 2011
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Fleener Chimneys are splatter cones

Fleener Chimneys are splatter cones

The Fleener Chimneys are a volcanic eruptive feature known as splatter cones

Modoc Lava Beds National Monument, California

Date photographed: July 21, 2011
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Looking down one of the Fleener Chimneys

Looking down one of the Fleener Chimneys

Looking down the throat of one of the Fleener Chimneys, a source of the Devils Homestead Lave Flow

Modoc Lava Beds National Monument, California

Date photographed: July 21, 2011
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The Bunchgrass viewpoint at Lava Beds

The Bunchgrass viewpoint at Lava Beds

The Bunchgrass trail viewpoint looks north to Schonchin Butte and Tule Lake

Modoc Lava Beds National Monument, California

Date photographed: July 20, 2011
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This collapsed section of Skull Cave affords entry

This collapsed section of Skull Cave affords entry

This shallow section of Skull Cave has collapsed, offering entry to the cave in both directions

Modoc Lava Beds National Monument, California

Date photographed: July 21, 2011
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Entrance to Skull Cave

Entrance to Skull Cave

Stone steps and a paved trail lead down into Skull Cave

Modoc Lava Beds National Monument, California

Date photographed: July 21, 2011
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Down into the depths of Skull Cave

Down into the depths of Skull Cave

Skull Cave drops slowly at first, then turns a corner and plunges down into darkness

Modoc Lava Beds National Monument, California

Date photographed: July 21, 2011
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Huge Skull Cave is easy to explore

Huge Skull Cave is easy to explore

A paved trail and aluminum ladders make huge Skull Cave easy to explore

Modoc Lava Beds National Monument, California

Date photographed: July 21, 2011
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