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California’s Coast Range, Clear Lake and Mount Konocti, USA

39.0N 122.8W

August 11th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Volcanoes

California, USA - July 3rd, 2009

California, USA - July 3rd, 2009

The mountains of California’s Coast Range parallel the shoreline, between Clear Lake (right) and Point Arena (left), a narrow peninsula jutting out about half a mile (800 m) into the Pacific Ocean.

Clear Lake, right edge, is the largest natural lake entirely in California. It is 19 mi (31 km) by 8 mi (13 km) at its widest point, with surface area of 43,785 acres (17,719 ha) and a 1,155,000 acre·ft (1,425,000 dam³) capacity. This means that it has the largest surface area of any freshwater lake entirely in California, the tenth largest by capacity.

The geology of Clear Lake is chaotic, with numerous small faults being present in the south end of the lake as well as many old volcanoes, the largest being Mount Konocti, sitting at the middle of the lake’s south shore. Mount Konocti can be identified as a lighter white area on the southern shore of the lake, best seen in the full orthorectified image.

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