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Mount Mazama and Crater Lake Caldera by U.S. Geological Survey
Mount Mazama and Crater Lake Caldera by U.S. Geological Survey

Mount Mazama and Crater Lake Caldera, 2008

U.S. Geological Survey

This striking organic design could be an abstract painting. It’s dominated by a circular central section, like a one-celled organism with blue, green and yellow patches in its nucleus. Artful swirls of paint radiate outward from its edges, scarlet at the top, more muted greens and browns in a field of peachy orange around the sides. The entire, vaguely sunburst-like shape seems to float on a ground of pale pink. This is actually a geologic map of the deepest lake in the United States, Crater Lake in Oregon, formed by the collapse of a volcano about 7,700 years ago.

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United States Geological Survey
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