Virtual Guidebook to East of the Sierra Nevada
Red Cone and Fossil Falls
near Little Lake California


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This conspicuous red cinder cone was the source of flows of black basalt.

(March 17, 2009)


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In the Pleistocene Owens River flowed south from Owens Lake and cascaded over this lava flow. The spectacularly water-worn rocks seem out of place in the present desert climate.

(March 17, 2009)


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Thousands of years ago this was a thundering cataract on the Owens River. Now only brief flash-floods follow the old river channel below the falls.

(March 17, 2009)


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Looking upstream at the escarpment at Fossil Falls, and downstream at the old river bed leading out into Indian Wells Valley.

(March 17, 2009)


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