Photographer's Note

On the way back from Race Track, we made a quick stop at the crater. It had been cloudy all day, and the light was really bad for good photos. So I had really low expectation here, and a crater is just a big hole on the ground anyway, I thought to myself. Well while we were there, the later afternoon sun peaks through just enough. The red soil in the crater and the some wild flower and plants on the black volcanic rocks are nicely illuminated. All together make a wonderful combination for a good photo. We didn't have time to go all the way down to the crater, so we just walked around it.

Ubehebe Crater is a large volcanic crater located at the north tip of the Cottonwood Mountains 37°0′35″N 117°27′1″W / 37.00972°N 117.45028°W / 37.00972; -117.45028 that is half a mile (one kilometer) wide, 500 to 777 feet (150 to 237 m) deep, and 4-7 thousand years old (Native American artifacts in the area indicate that 6000 years is the most likely age although estimates of 2000 years are common). "Ubehebe" (pronounced YOU-be-HE-be) is a Native American word meaning "Big basket in the rock." The crater was formed when magma migrated close to the surface and the heat of the magma flashed groundwater into steam, throwing large quantities of pulverized old rock and new magma across the stony alluvial fan draped across the valley floor. The magma rose through a fault that lies along the western base of Tin Mountain (movement on this fault was responsible for uplift of the entire Cottonwood mountain range)

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