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Mono Lake Basin Geology > Fissure on Black Point Volcano, California by ahochstaedter

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ahochstaedter ahochstaedter
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0.28 Gigapixels
Date added
Feb 06, 2012
Date taken
Aug 08, 2011

This is a fissure developed on the top of Black Point Volcano on the shores of Mono Lake, California. The walls of the fissure reveal near horizontally bedded layers of basaltic tephra. The gentle layering observed and all around Black Point Volcano support the notion that the tephra layers were deposited underwater. Rather than dipping away from the vent as they would on an on-land cinder cone, the gentle layering is interpreted as dispersal by water and more even deposition around the vent. White bubbly tufa on the walls of the fissures indicates that the fissures were formed while the volcano was still underwater or that it was resubmerged after formation.

Dating of these types of layers indicate eruption of the Black Point Volcano about 13,000 years ago.

A wide-view gigapan of an adjacent outcrop is here:
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A view of Mono Lake from the top of Black Point Volcano is here:
"Geology Underfoot in Yosemite National Park" by Glazner and Stock (2010) provides a fine synopsis of this field area.

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0805 (Windows)
Panorama size: 284 megapixels (21840 x 13008 pixels)
Input images: 49 (7 columns by 7 rows)
Field of view: 185.9 degrees wide by 110.7 degrees high (top=64.3, bottom=-46.4)
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Camera make: PENTAX
Camera model: PENTAX K-r
Image size: 4288x2848 (12.2 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-08-08 17:46:13 - 2011-08-08 17:50:23
Aperture: f/9
Exposure time: 0.0125
ISO: 800
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 52.0 mm
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 44.2 to 66.9 percent
Vertical overlap: 37.9 to 44.0 percent
Computer stats: 8098.69 MB RAM, 8 CPUs
Total time 8:39 (11 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 2:02, Projection: 1:27, Blending: 5:11
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