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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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FIGURE 11.28 A cinder cone among lava flows in Lassen Volcanic National Park, California.

Why is the crater so prominent on this volcano?

To determine

The reason why the crater is so prominent on the volcano in the accompanying photograph.

Explanation

The accompanying image shows a cinder cone among lava flows in Lassen Volcanic National Park, California.

Cinder cones have distinctive, steep, and straight sides with a crater at the top of the cone-shaped hill and a central vent. Cinder cones are the smallest type of volcanoes that are typically hundred meters high. They mostly consist of gravel-sized pyroclastics. Gas-charged eruptions discharge molten lava and solid pyroclastic fragments into the atmosphere, which accumulate around the vents as a large pile of tephra...

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