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23 March 2013 @ 08:35 am
One of my earliest memories is from when I was a very small child, when my parents lived in a 30-foot house-trailer at the China Lake Naval Station out in the Mojave Desert. I'd always remembered being taken to someplace we called "The Bubbling Mud" - evidently some sort of geothermic activity: I recall picnic-tables and inadequate shade canopies, and the fascination of these big caldera (I didn't know the word 'caldera' at the time, of course - I was about 4) of, quite literally, bubbling mud.

It occurred to me to look this up on Google, and yes, there are mud volcanoes on the China Lake Naval Station, part of what's called the Coso Geothermic Field. It's a well-known area of geothermic activity. So now I have a mental slot to put this memory in: the Bubbling Mud was actually the mud volcanoes. Before the Internet - or TV documentaries, at that point, TV barely existed - I can imagine how fascinating this would have been to my parents, who were in their early to mid-twenties and had just come out from the East Coast.
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