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TitleOn top of a cinder cone in the Cima Volcanic Field, California
DescriptionThis view shows the top of one of the many cinder cones in the Cima Volcanic Field, with another cone visible in the distance to the North. The volcanic eruptions that produced the cones of the Mojave National Preserve occurred between 5 and 20 million years ago when the region was the site of intense mountain building activity. The student is looking for xenoliths - inclusions of the Earth's mantle carried up in the basaltic magma. The Cima field offers many such samples.
LocationUSA ▹ California. Near Baker. Mojave National Preserve, about 25 km southeast of Baker, California, several km east of the Kel-Baker Rd.
PhotographerDexter Perkins. 2003-02-16.
Key wordsCima, cinder cones, California, xenolith
Tech details557 KB. Vista. Canon Powershot S40 digital camera.
GeoDIL number2971