With a depth of 1,943 feet (592 meters) Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and the seventh deepest in the world. It is surrounded by steep rock walls that rise up to 2,000 feet (600 meters) above the lake's surface.
Crater Lake was formed 7,700 years ago when a massive eruption of Mount Mazama caused the mountain to collapse leaving a steaming caldera. Centuries of rain and snow filled the caldera or volcanic crater creating Crater Lake.
A small volcanic island, Wizard Island, rises 767 feet (234 meters)
above the surface of the lake on it west side. A small crater, 300 feet
(90 meters) across and 90 feet (27 meters) deep, rests on the summit.
Crater Lake was named for this beautiful, symmetrical crater by James
editor of the Oregon Sentinel in Jacksonville, in 1869.
Crater Lake averages about 500,000 visitors per year.
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Crater Lake National Park: A History by Rick Harmon. Overview of the geography, geology, and wildlife of Crater Lake and its surroundings. In tracing the origins of the park, which was established in 1902, portraits of the key individuals who founded, shaped, and managed Crater Lake National Park over the past one hundred years are revealed. Order now..
Crater Lake National Park: A Global Treasure by Ann Sutton and Myron Sutton. Stunning color photographs, along with historical photographs, charts, and drawings, illustrate their fascinating exploration of the only national park in Oregon. Order now..
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Crater Lake Gem of the Cascades by K R. Cranson. This geological account of Crater Lake National Park incorporates the latest research conducted in the park by United States Geological Survey geologists and other scientists. This edition has 9 chapters, an appendix, glossary, references and index. A special section features 17 color photographic plates illustrating key geological features in the park. Order now...
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