Soda Lakes

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  • 39.53°N
  • 118.87°W

  • 1251 m
    4103 ft

  • 326010
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The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Soda Lakes. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Soda Lakes page in the LaMEVE (Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions) database, a part of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).

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Photo Gallery


Soda Lake maar in west-central Nevada was erupted through sediments of the glacial Lake Lahontan. It is the larger of two lake-filled maars located NW of the town of Fallon. The basaltic maars were estimated to be less than 10,000 years old and perhaps even less than 1500 years old. Soda Lake is about 1.3 x 2 km wide and is elongated in a NE-SW direction; its rim rises only about 35 m above the lake surface. The maars are the site of a geothermal prospect that may have discharged hot springs through the end of the 19th century.

Photo by Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.
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Little Soda Lake, the smaller of two maars NW of the town of Fallon in west-central Nevada, is about 300 m wide. The two maars were formed by eruptions through sediments of glacial Lake Lahontan.

Photo by Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.
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Basalt scoria was erupted from the Soda Lake maar in west-central Nevada. The pen points to an olivine phenocryst; the ejecta also contains abundant phenocrysts of plagioclase and less common clinopyroxene, as well as minor grains of magnetite.

Photo by Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.
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Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


There are no samples for Soda Lakes in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

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