Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Sleeping Volcano

Mount Shasta is a dormant volcano in Northern California. It towers 3,000 meters (about 10,000 feet)  it's visible from a great distance, making the enormous trees that blanket the area around it look like moss on a rock.  Still, it's only the fifth highest peak in the state.

Scientists consider it to be dormant, but it will erupt again.  The major blast from relatively nearby Mount St. Helens in 1980 showed that activity is possible. St. Helens is a few hours drive to the North, and I'll see that off in the distance from the road later this morning.

I stopped yesterday at a vista point and took the photos I stitched together for the above image, and now - after an acceptable night's sleep - it's on to Seattle.

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