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Devils Postpile - America's Volcanic Past
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The Devil's Postpile area in the Sierra Nevada Mountains just west of Mammoth Lakes is a National Monument, which only covers about 800 acres. It's there to save a singular geologic feature: a volcanic extrusion cooled in hexagonal basalt columns resembling a giant pipe organ. Long hidden in the high-altitude mazework of the eastern Sierra Nevada, people didn't even know Devils Postpile existed until the late 1800s.
Although not huge, Devil's Postpile, born of fire and ice as raw material from a volcano, is not something you see every day. It is unique. It is history preserved. Devils Postpile National Monument is a magnificent site to visit. The region is still a volcanically active area, as the nearby Soda Springs attest.
April 5th, 2011
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