Most of Modoc County is coverd with black basalt lava flows and associated features. East of Lava Beds National Monument the flows are generally older and vegetated, forests of Jeffrey pine alternating with grassy seasonal lakes. This is wide open sparsely populated country, hot in summer and bitter cold in winter.
Irrigated fields at Dry Lake on the Modoc PlateauIrrigated fields of grain and hay at Dry Lake, scene of a battle in th Modoc Indian War
near Newell, CaliforniaDate photographed: July 20, 2011
Fifteen years after a forest fireFifteen years after a forest fire new trees are beginning to take over from grass and shrubs
south of Newell, CaliforniaDate photographed: July 20, 2011
Seasonal lake on the Modoc PlateauShallow seasonal lakes that become summer grasslands are common on the Modoc Plateau
near Canby, west of Alturas, CaliforniaDate photographed: July 20, 2011
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