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The Mountains of California

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Author: John Muir
Published: 1894
Language: English
Wordcount: 91,879 / 274 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.9
LoC Categories: GE, QE
Audiobook: www.archive.org
Downloads: 1,800
Added to site: 2005.12.10
mnybks.net#: 12176
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Nature, Audiobook
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r ready to become spouting geysers like those of the Yellowstone.

The Cinder Cone near marks the most recent volcanic eruption in the Sierra. It is a symmetrical truncated cone about 700 feet high, covered with gray cinders and ashes, and has a regular unchanged crater on its summit, in which a few small Two-leaved Pines are growing. These show that the age of the cone is not less than eighty years. It stands between two lakes, which a short time ago were one. Before the cone was built, a flood of rough vesicular lava was poured into the lake, cutting it in two, and, overflowing its banks, the fiery flood advanced into the pine-woods, overwhelming the trees in its way, the charred ends of some of which may still be seen projecting from beneath the snout of the lava-stream where it came to rest. Later still there was an eruption of ashes and loose obsidian cinders, probably from the same vent, which, besides forming the Cinder Cone, scattered a heavy shower over the surrounding woods for miles to a depth of

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