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Ubehebe and Little Hebe Craters Professional Review and Guide
"These volcanic craters are a fascinating geology lesson on the forces that helped form Death Valley. A short loop hike around the large Ubehebe Crater and the several smaller ones allows you to witness the complex erosion patterns that have occurred since the craters’ geologically recent birth.The volcanic region at the north end of the Cottonwood Mountains, near Scotty’s Castle, is evidence of geologically recent cataclysmic events in Death Valley. The huge Ubehebe Crater was created around 300 years ago when magma heated groundwater and the pressure from the resulting steam blew the overlying rock away. This explosion covered 6 square miles of desert with volcanic debris 150 feet deep. Called a maar volcano by geologists, Ubehebe is a crater without a cone."
--Bill and Polly Cunningham, Best Easy Day Hikes: Death Valley National Park (Falcon Guides).
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