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Lavic Lake

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  • United States
  • Canada and Western USA
  • Volcanic field
  • Unknown - Evidence Uncertain
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  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 34.75°N
  • 116.625°W

  • 1495 m
    4905 ft

  • 323190
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Eruptive History

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

Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Lavic Lake.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Lavic Lake.

Photo Gallery

A freight train passes Pisgah Crater and its associated lava field. The 100-m-high cone is the most prominent feature of a lava field that covers 100 sq km. The irregular shape of the cone results from the mining of aggregate. The composite lava flows extend up to 8 km to the SE and in a narrow lobe 18 km to the NW. Most of the flows are pahoehoe, but some of the eastern flows are aa. Other cones and lava flows of the Lavic Lake volcanic field are located nearby.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1997 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
The cone of Pisgah Crater has been modified by mining operations that provide a source of road aggregate. The cone is the most prominent feature of the Lavic Lake volcanic field in southern California. A broad lava field erupted from nearby vents surrounds the cone; a narrow lobe that extends up to 18 km to the NW can be seen in this view.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1997 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
The NE rim of Pisgah Crater provides a view of the 100-sq-km lava field surrounding the crater. The basaltic lava field was erupted from the crater and nearby vents and is dominantly formed of pahoehoe lava, although aa lavas were erupted on the eastern side. Interstate highway 40 skirts the northern margins of the lava flow, below the Cady Mountains in the distance. The lavas were erupted onto alluvial-fan and playa-lake deposits.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1997 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
Pisgah Crater is the most prominent feature of the Lavic Lake volcanic field, which contains four Quaternary cinder cones. The 100-m-high Pisgah Crater, seen here from the NW, and its surrounding 100-sq-km lava field are easily seen from nearby Interstate highway 40. The crater and nearby vents were the source of dominantly pahoehoe lava flows that traveled as far as 18 km NW over alluvial-fan and playa-lake deposits. Pisgah Crater was initially considered to be Holocene in age, but more recent dating indicates it is about 25,000 years old.

Photo by Paul Kimberly, 1997 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
The dark-colored area seen in the distance across the dry Lavic Lake is a cinder cone and associated lava field that is one of the young vents of the Lavic Lake volcanic field. The youthful-looking lava flows originated from the Sunshine Peak area of the Lava Beds Mountains, south of the better known Pisgah Crater.

Photo by Paul Kimberly, 1997 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
GVP Map Holdings

The maps shown below have been scanned from the GVP map archives and include the volcano on this page. Clicking on the small images will load the full 300 dpi map. Very small-scale maps (such as world maps) are not included. The maps database originated over 30 years ago, but was only recently updated and connected to our main database. We welcome users to tell us if they see incorrect information or other problems with the maps; please use the Contact GVP link at the bottom of the page to send us email.


Title: Potential Hazards from Future Volc Eruptions in CA
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1989
Series: B
Map Type: Geology (Volcanic Hazard)
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Potential Hazards from Future Volc Eruptions in CA

Title: United States, Mexico
Publisher: DMA Aerospace Center
Country: United States, Mexico
Year: 1988
Series: ONC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of United States, Mexico

Title: Faults & Geomorphic Maps of CA/ NV
Publisher: California Dept of Conservation, Division of Mines & Geology
Country: United States
Year: 1985
Series: CA Geol Data Maps
Map Type: Geology (Geomorphology)
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Faults & Geomorphic Maps of CA/ NV

Title: W US /Map of Dist, Comp, Age-Late CZ Volc Centers
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1984
Series: MI
Map Type: Geology (Volcano)
Scale: 1:2,500,000
Map of W US /Map of Dist, Comp, Age-Late CZ Volc Centers

Title: Technical Map of the Geothermal Resources of CA
Publisher: California Dept of Conservation, Division of Mines & Geology
Country: United States
Year: 1983
Series: CA Geol Data Maps
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:750,000
Map of Technical Map of the Geothermal Resources of CA

Title: Geothermal Resources of CA
Publisher: California Dept of Conservation, Division of Mines & Geology
Country: United States
Year: 1980
Series: CA Geol Data Maps
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:750,000
Map of Geothermal Resources of CA

Title: Trona, Geol Map of CA
Publisher: California Dept of Conservation, Division of Mines & Geology
Country: United States
Year: 1978
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Trona, Geol Map of CA

Title: Geothermal Energy Resources of the Western United States
Publisher: ERDA and USGS
Country: United States
Year: 1977
Map Type: Cultural (Geothermal Resources)
Scale: 1:1,250,000
Map of Geothermal Energy Resources of the Western United States

Title: Geologic Map of California
Publisher: CA Division of Mines and Geology
Country: United States
Year: 1944
Series: CA Geol Data Map Series
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:750,000
Map of Geologic Map of California
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

The following 18 samples associated with this volcano can be found in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences collections, and may be availble for research (contact the Rock and Ore Collections Manager). Catalog number links will open a window with more information.

Catalog Number Sample Description Lava Source Collection Date
NMNH 115038-1 Basalt PISGAH CRATER --
NMNH 115038-10 Basalt PISGAH CRATER --
NMNH 115038-2 Basalt PISGAH CRATER --
NMNH 115038-3 Basalt PISGAH CRATER --
NMNH 115038-4 Basalt PISGAH CRATER --
NMNH 115038-5 Basalt PISGAH CRATER --
NMNH 115038-6 Basalt PISGAH CRATER --
NMNH 115038-7 Basalt PISGAH CRATER --
NMNH 115038-8 Basalt PISGAH CRATER --
NMNH 115038-9 Basalt PISGAH CRATER --
NMNH 115041-1 Basalt PISGAH CRATER --
NMNH 115041-2 Basalt PISGAH CRATER --
NMNH 115041-3 Basalt PISGAH CRATER --
NMNH 115041-4 Basalt PISGAH CRATER --
NMNH 115041-5 Basalt PISGAH CRATER --
NMNH 115041-6 Basalt PISGAH CRATER --
NMNH 91480 Basalt PISGAH CRATER --
NMNH 91481 Basalt PISGAH CRATER --
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