Oregon: Day #3 — Crater Lake (Part II)

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To view the previous posts about Bill’s and my July trip to Oregon, at this blog’s home page, click on the “travel” category.

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Crater Lake, a short distance to the west of Crater Lake Lodge.

The south side of America's deepest lake, Crater Lake (1,943 feet deep). This photo was taken a short distance to the west of Crater Lake Lodge.

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From the south side of Crater Lake, looking to the northwest, including Wizard Island at the upper right. (Click photo to enlarge.)

Geologically speaking, the name Crater Lake is a misnomer.  Technically, Crater Lake lies in a crater, or more accurately, a caldera, which is produced when the center of a volcano caves into itself.  In this case, the transformation began approximately 7,700 years ago with the eruptions/destruction of formerly 12,000-foot-high Mount Mazama.

The Crater Lake caldera is five miles wide.  (The maximum lake width is six miles.)  The drive around the rim is thirty-three miles.  This lake became the Crater Lake National Park in 1902.  The park covers 183,224 acres.

Wizard Island, shown in the photo above, is a large cinder cone that rises 760 feet above the surface of Crater Lake.  Wizard Island provides evidence of volcanic activity occurring since the crater’s/caldera’s formation.

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This sign and the sign below were posted on the south side of Crater Lake. (Click photo to enlarge.)

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Crater Lake now exists where Mt. Mazama once stood. (Click photo to enlarge.)

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