Friday, May 25, 2007
Pinacles National Monument
This unremarkable looking picture captures what really is something quite unusual. The jagged formation in the background is The Pinacles. It is one half of an ancient volcano. The other half is outside Los Angeles about 300 miles to the south. The volcano was torn asunder by the San Andreas fault.
The Pinacles are located in the Gabilan Mountains on the north side of the Salinas Valley about thirty miles or so inland from the ocean. It gets quite hot that far inland and is dry as can be seen. It also is a release point for the endangered California condor.
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