The Ultimate Lassen Volcanic National Park Quiz

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About This Quiz

At Lassen Volcanic Park, you can be inspired both by its natural beauty and by the contrast of what can happen when nature goes wild. Although the last volcanic eruption was in 1921, you can still see the picturesque cinder cones, chaotic rock formations, boiling hot springs, and spiraling mists of sulfuric gases emitted from deep within the earth. You can also fish in beautiful lakes, enjoy boating or simply relax in the great outdoors. Take this quiz to learn more about Lassen Volcanic National Park.

In what state is Lassen Volcanic National Park located?

Lassen Volcanic National Park is located in Mineral, California. It lies about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Redding, the second sunniest city in the USA.


How do you make your way to the park?

Lassen Volcanic National Park is easily accessible via automobile, with five vehicle entrances to the park.


Where can you find accommodations in the park?

You can stay at Drakesbad Guest House or any of the nine campgrounds in the park. There are limited reservations available at the campgrounds.


What is a main attraction of the park, besides a beautiful landscape?

Lassen Volcanic National Park is evidence of the incredible violence that occurs below the Earth's surface. Though the last eruptions took place early in the previous century, Lassen still has an otherworldly terrain of broken mountains, scorched land, bubbling mud pots, and hissing steam.


How big is Lassen Volcanic National Park?

The park extends over 106,372 acres (43,047 hectares).


In what year did Lassen Peak begin its most recent eruptions?

In 1914, Lassen Peak began a period of sustained eruptions that continued for seven years until its last eruption in 1921.


How many eruptions did Lassen Peak emit before it finally stopped?

The Lassen Peak volcano erupted more than 150 times over a one-year period that began in 1914. In May of 1915, one of the eruptions was so severe that it literally blew the top off the mountain.


What is the elevation of Lassen Peak?

Lassen Peak is a rough massif that rises to a considerable height of 10,457 feet (3,187 meters). The peak was once part of a much larger volcano called Mount Tehama.


What is the name of the mountain range of which Lassen Peak is a part?

Lassen is at the southern end of the Cascade Mountains. This mountain range contains other volcanic peaks, such as Mount Rainer, Mount Shasta and Mount St. Helens.


What is the name of a large area where steamy vapors of sulfur float up from underground?

Bumpass Hell is where powerful-smelling vapors of sulfur gas drift over boiling hot springs, with golden flakes floating on their surfaces.


What are the golden flakes that float on the surface of bubbling hot springs?

The flakes floating in the hot spring pools are crystals of iron pyrite, commonly called fool's gold. The iron pyrite is carried along by superheated steam originating from far below the Earth's surface.


What is a favorite activity in the park?

Like a large portion of northern California, this park is covered with deep snow for much of the year. This makes the park a popular destination for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.


By what other term is Lassen Peak popularly referred to?

Lassen Peak is a soaring pile of gray volcanic rock that is covered by snow most of the year. Because the mountain is almost completely barren of life, it has been called a "vertical desert."


What is the name of the large area in the park that is still dotted with scorched trees?

In one spot in the park called the Devastated Area, you'll find scorched and fallen trees that dot the landscape amid signs of renewal. The area is now dotted with saplings, grass, and stubborn new bushes as it slowly attempts to regenerate.


What is the name of the park's almost cylindrical mountain, created from lava and ash in the form of multicolored cinders?

The Cinder Cone is a nearly cylindrical mountain that rises ominously above a pine forest in the park. The cone was formed as lava was emitted and ash fell back onto its slopes as multicolored cinders.


When was the crater at the top of Cinder Cone created by the volcano?

The crater at the top of the Cinder Cone dates to its most recent eruption, which was in 1851. The display of natural fireworks created by the eruption was viewed by people more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) away.


What is the name of the lake formed by a dramatic and sudden collapse of a volcanic dome?

Geologists believe that Manzanita Lake was formed when a volcanic dome collapsed and pushed millions of tons of rock and debris across two miles of flat terrain. The horizontal landslide was stopped by a mountain, which blocked a creek to form this lake at an elevation of 5,890 feet.


Until what year did Lassen Peak hold the record as the last volcano to erupt in the lower 48 states?

Except for a small eruption in 1921, Lassen Peak has remained dormant. Lassen Peak held the record as the last volcano to erupt in the lower 48 states until Mount St. Helens exploded in 1980.


How high did the ash and gas rise in the air from the explosive eruption of Lassen Peak in 1915?

In May of 1915, the mountaintop of Lassen Peak exploded, blasting ash and gas some 30,000 feet in the air and devastating an area of three-square miles.


What is the name of a popular hiking trail that stretches for more than 2,500 miles and passes through the park's backcountry?

The Pacific Crest Trail stretches more than 2,650 miles and passes through Lassen Volcanic National Park. The trail ranges from just above sea level at the Oregon-Washington border to 13,153 feet at Forester Pass in the Sierra Nevada.


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