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Red Hill (AKA Cinder Hill)
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Red Hill, also known as Cinder Hill, is a prominent cinder cone that is often passed by as one travels north or south on Highway 395 or when heading to visit Fossil Falls. This Earthcache is located on Cinder Road just past the turn off to Fossil Falls. Once there, merely park at the coordinates in order to make your observations.
Red Hill has the distinction of being the youngest volcano in this area, estimated to have been active 10,000 years ago. It lies in the Coso Volcanic Field and is located north of Little Lake and south of Lone Pine.
From: Tilling, 1985, Volcanoes: USGS General Interest Publication, 44p.
Cinder cones are the simplest type of volcano. They are built from particles and blobs of congealed lava ejected from a single vent. As the gas-charged lava is blown violently into the air, it breaks into small fragments that solidify and fall as cinders around the vent to form a circular or oval cone. Most cinder cones have a bowl-shaped crater at the summit and rarely rise more than a thousand feet or so above their surroundings. Cinder cones are numerous in western North America as well as throughout other volcanic terrains of the world.
Cinder cones grow rapidly and soon approach their maximum size. They aren't famous as their eruptions usually don't cause any loss of life. Cinder cones are chiefly formed by Strombolian eruptions. The cones usually grow up in groups and they often occur on the flanks of strato volcanoes and shield volcanoes.
Red Hill's elevation is 3952 feet above sea level.
Logging requirements-please EMAIL the following:
1. How many are in your geocaching party today?
2. Looking towards Red Hill, what do you observe about the area to the bottom left?
3. Looking to the right, there is a very small cinder cone. Estimate the height.
A. Using your GPSr, get an elevation reading at the posted coordinates. Determine the height of Red Hill using this and the elevation information in the description.
B. Take a short hike (less than 500 feet) to the top of the small cinder cone. Mark its elevation then determine its height.
Please do not include the answers to 2,3,A or B in your post.
If you take a picture at Red Hill to post in your log, please be careful NOT to include views that show the answers to the requirements.
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Last Updated: on 3/12/2018 6:17:43 PM Pacific Daylight Time (1:17 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum