Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-06742
The Sugarloaf Mountain lava dome and associated lava flows, seen here from the west, is the largest of 38 rhyolitic lava domes of the Coso volcanic field, rising 300 m above its base. The high-silica rhyolite of Sugarloaf Mountain contains localized areas of obsidian that were used as a source of arrowheads for native Americans. The dome has been dated at about 41,000 +/- 21,000 years and is one of the youngest volcanic vents at Coso.
Photo by Lee Siebert, 1997 (Smithsonian Institution).