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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.
Elizabeth McCoyarchangelbeth on March 23rd, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
Cool! Or, er, warm... I wonder how hot they were -- sounds like quite the "mud bath hot tub" option, depending. O;>
neowolf2 on March 24th, 2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
Geology is endlessly fascinating. Much of the topography of the western US is due to an entire tectonic plate that has disappeared under North America (the Farallon plate). The volcanism there is a consequence of that, I think.
Brandy BuenafeBrandy Buenafe on March 29th, 2013 01:02 pm (UTC)
As you know, I grew up in far Northern California, and Mt. Lassen had erupted in the modern era (the nineteen teens, it was on film). We went to Campfire camp up there and a field trip to the sulfur pots (they had some colorful nickname like Hell's Stinky Hotsprings) was always in order.

This summer we'll be going to Yellowstone, one big brewing volcano.