Devil'S Postpile Photo



Devil's Postpile, a spectacular example of columnar basalt.  Once molten and under great pressure underground, the lava that makes up Devil's Postpile cooled evenly and slowly, contracting and fracturing into polygonal-sided columns.  The age of the formation is estimated between 100 and 700 thousand years old.  Sometime after the basalt columns formed, a glacier passed over the formation, cutting and polishing the tops of the columns.  The columns have from three to seven sides, varying because of differences in how quickly portions of the lava cooled. Devils Postpile National Monument, California, USA, natural history stock photograph, photo id 23266
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Devil's Postpile, a spectacular example of columnar basalt. Once molten and under great pressure underground, the lava that makes up Devil's Postpile cooled evenly and slowly, contracting and fracturing into polygonal-sided columns. The age of the formation is estimated between 100 and 700 thousand years old. Sometime after the basalt columns formed, a glacier passed over the formation, cutting and polishing the tops of the columns. The columns have from three to seven sides, varying because of differences in how quickly portions of the lava cooled. Devils Postpile National Monument, California, USA

Stock Photo: 23266
Location: Devils Postpile National Monument, California, USA
Lat/Long: N 037° 37' 28.00", W 119° 05' 07.19" (Coordinates: 37.62444°, -119.08533°)
Altitude: 2327.87m
Format: Digital 3:2
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Updated: November 21, 2017

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