Sunday, December 1, 2013
The Looming Volcanic Giant of Northern California: Mt. Shasta
Shasta is the second tallest volcano in the Cascades Range at 14,179 feet (4,322 m) after Mt. Rainier, but in bulk it is the largest composite cone/stratovolcano in the range (Medicine Lake Highland, also in California, has more volume, but is a shield volcano that doesn't even reach 8,000 feet in elevation). The mountain is composed largely of andesitic lava flows and ash deposits, but also includes outpourings of basalt and dacite. It has been active for more than half a million years, and may have last erupted in 1786. It has had eruptions on average every 600 years or so, making it the second most active volcano in the Cascades after Mt. St. Helens.
Shasta is a beautiful mountain, and a looming volcano that is capable of creating havoc. On this particular day, all was peaceful and serene. We enjoyed the sight during our long journey.