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Bald Crater - Prominent Geological Features of Crater Lake National Park

Bald Crater is a cinder cone in the northwest corner of Crater Lake National Park.

This cone rises approximately 600 feet above a pedestal of glaciated, olivine-rich basaltic andesite and basalt. The greater part is composed of basaltic scoria, among which may be found occasional ribbon bombs 5 feet in length. Close to the summit there are several flows of basalt, and probably others are concealed by slides of scoria. The cone is thus composite. Mixed with the scoria are angular lithic fragments torn from the basement. The summit crater is represented only by irregular depressions, but the flanks of the cone have scarcely been modified by erosion. [The Parasitic Scoria Cones of Mount Mazama: Bald Crater, The Geology of Crater Lake National Park, Oregon (1942) by Howell Williams]


Bald Crater (upper left corner) as it appeared on an early geological map, The Geology of Crater Lake National Park, Oregon (1942) by Howell Williams

Note: the numbers associated with each feature name above correspond to their place on the Custom Google Map below

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