Friday, November 11, 2011

On Volcanic Peaks in California, Washington and Iran: Sisters of one planet

I learned a new word when I was in California: morro, a volcanic plug.

The Nine Sisters or the Morros are a chain of nine volcanic peaks and hills between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo, California. They are popular with photographers and rock climbers. Their volcanic origin makes them of significant geological interest. They support a wide variety of plant, animal, and bird life. Two of the peaks are in Morro Bay State Park.

The peaks were created over 20,000,000 years ago as volcanic plugs of magma which welled up and solidified inside softer rock which has since been eroded.

Volcanic peaks are a big deal in Washington State, of course. My wife and I viewed two of them from the air coming back from California.
Question. Where is the highest volcanic peak in Asia and what is it's name? Answer: Iran, Mount Damavand in Mazindaran Province. -gw

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