Monday, July 21, 2014

Some Like It Hot

It was like Hell, the noise that is.  Unbelievable.  Where are we now while in Lassen Volcanic State Park?

We're in Bumpass Hell at 8,000 ft.  Here's the description:

Bumpass Hell is the largest hydrothermal area in the park, and marks the principal area of upflow of steam and discharge from the Lassen hydrothermal system (see illustration in photo gallery below). The temperature of high-velocity steam jetting from Big Boiler, the largest fumarole in the park, has been measured as high as 322°F (161°C), making it one of the hottest fumaroles in the world.

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