Steaming Devils Kitchen
February 9, 2021
A steaming view of the Devils Kitchen hydrothermal area with Hot Springs Creek flowing through it at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Devil's Kitchen is full of fumaroles and mudpots.
Fumaroles are often present on active volcanoes during periods of relative quiet between eruptions. Fumaroles are closely related to hot springs and geysers. In areas where the water table rises near the surface, fumaroles can become hot springs.
Lassen Volcanic National Park, located in northeastern California, is home to steaming fumaroles, meadows freckled with wildflowers, clear mountain lakes, and numerous volcanoes. Jagged peaks tell the story of its eruptive past while hot water continues to shape the land. The dominant feature of the park is Lassen Peak, the largest plug dome volcano in the world and the southernmost volcano in the Cascade Range. Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of the few areas in the world where all four types of volcano can be found ... plug dome, shield, cinder cone, and stratovolcano.
Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. National Park Service.