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Death Valley Geology Overview:

Yesterday's Volcano

Recent signs of volcanic activity exist in northern Death Valley at Ubehebe Crater. Caused by violent steam explosions, the craters formed only about 2,000 years ago when hot, molten material came in contact with groundwater. These large depressions indicate that not all is quiet beneath the surface of the Earth.

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photo of Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley
Ubehebe Crater

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