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Crater Lake

Listed under Lakes in US West Coast, United States.

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One of the jewels of North America, Crater Lake may be the most stunning caldera lake on the planet (other contenders include Japan’s Lake Mashu and Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan). This marvel of natural beauty was born of incredible violence when a gigantic volcano exploded about 7000 years ago. Some 2000 feet below the rim of the 6-mile wide caldera, the deep blue color of the lake on a sunny day is unparalleled in its intensity and overwhelms the viewer no matter how many times one sees it. You can drive completely around the caldera for a variety of perspectives.

Written by  Mike Lyvers.

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“One of the best Non-erupting Volcanoes”

Crater Lake, though not a volcano in the usual sense, is one of the most dramatic non-erupting volcanoes to visit, because it was created by a volcanic eruption 42 times that of the 1980 St. Helens eruption. It's a vast caldera that has filled with wate… Read more...

Written by  Hamish Holl.

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