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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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FIGURE 11.22 Columnar-jointed lava at Devil’s Postpile National Monument, California.

Why are the cliffs shown in this photograph so steep?

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The reason why the cliffs shown in this photograph are so steep.

Explanation

Lava flows are layers of erupted rock materials that poured out or oozed over the landscape. After the cooling down and solidifying of the erupted rock matter, the rock preserves the appearance of being flowed.

Basalt is the most common type of composition of lava flows because of its low viscous nature and hot eruptive temperature, which allows gases to escape, thus, reducing the potential for an explosive eruption...

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