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Fire Near Coquille Myrtle Grove State Natural Site, Oregon USA

42.9N 124.1W

July 9th, 2010 Category: Fires, Lakes, Mountains, Volcanoes

USA - June 26th, 2010

USA - June 26th, 2010

A white plume of smoke from a fire in Oregon, USA, near the center of the coastline, blows in a southwestwardly direction. The fire is burning in or near the Coquille Myrtle Grove State Natural Site, a state park administered by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department.

Moving to the right, several lakes are visible in the Cascade Mountains, including the round caldera of Crater Lake, due east of the fire. The lake rests in the remains of a destroyed volcano (Mount Mazama) and is 1,949 feet (594 m) deep at its deepest point, making it the deepest lake in the United States.

The Three Sisters Volcano Cluster in Oregon, USA – May 15th, 2010

44.1N 121.7W

May 15th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Mountains, Volcanoes

USA - April 28th, 2010

USA - April 28th, 2010

The cluster of volcanoes in the upper half of this orthorectified image are known as the Three Sisters. They are three volcanic peaks of the Cascade Volcanic Arc and the Cascade Range in Oregon, each of which exceeds 10,000 ft (3,048 m) in elevation.

The volcanoes have the third, fourth, and fifth highest peaks in the state of Oregon and are located in the Three Sisters Wilderness, about 15 mi (24 km) southwest from the nearest town of Sisters, Oregon. The three peaks have 15 named glaciers among them, nearly half of all the 35 named glaciers in Oregon.

The Three Sisters are the centerpiece of a region of closely grouped volcanic peaks which form an exception to the typical 40-mile (64 km) to 60-mile (97 km) spacing between volcanoes elsewhere in the Cascades. Nearby peaks include Belknap Crater, Broken Top and Mount Bachelor, with Three Fingered Jack and Mount Washington somewhat to the north.

Mount Hood and Lake Bonneville, Western USA – May 9th, 2010

45.5N 121.5W

May 9th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Volcanoes

USA - April 28th, 2010

USA - April 28th, 2010

Mount Hood, standing out above the surrounding peaks of the Cascade Range in the lower right quadrant of this orthorectified image, is a stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc of northern Oregon. It is located about 50 miles (80 km) east-southeast of Portland, on the border between Clackamas and Hood River counties.

The exact height assigned to Mount Hood’s snow-covered peak has varied over its history. Modern sources point to different heights: 11,249 feet (3,429 m) based on the 1991 U.S. National Geodetic Survey and 11,240 feet (3,426 m) based on a 1993 scientific expedition. Regardless, it is the highest mountain in Oregon and the fourth-highest in the Cascade Range.

Visible to the north of the volcano is Lake Bonneville, a reservoir on the Columbia River shared by the U.S. states of Oregon (south) and Washington (north). It was created in 1937 with the construction of Bonneville Dam. The reservoir stretches between it and the Dalles Dam, upstream. It lies in parts of three counties in Oregon (Multnomah, Hood River, Wasco) and two in Washington (Skamania, Klickitat).

Snow Around the Great Salt Lake, USA

February 27th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

USA - February 23rd, 2010

USA - February 23rd, 2010

While many areas of terrain near the Great Salt Lake (center right) often appear whitish as they are covered in salt flats, the bright white areas in this image are caused by snow over the states of Nevada (bottom left), Utah (bottom right), Idaho (upper right) and Oregon (upper left).

Here, the Great Salt Lake Desert, east of the lake, appears tan in comparison with the white snow. The lower half of the lake itself appears brighter green than its darker northern half due to a concrete causeway, the Lucin Cutoff, which runs horizontally across and restricts the flow of water.

Lake County, Oregon, USA

42.6N 120.2W

October 25th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Oregon, USA - August 31st, 2009

Oregon, USA - August 31st, 2009

Lake County is a county located in the high desert south central region of the state of Oregon, USA. It is named for the many lakes found within its boundaries.

The lakes in this image include Lake Abert (bright green, near center), Alkali Lake (whitish identation north of Lake Abert), Goose Lake (green ringed by tan, south of Lake Abert) and Summer Lake (large and white, west of Lake Abert).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 8,358 square miles (21,650 km2), of which 8,136 square miles (21,070 km2) is land and 223 square miles (580 km2) (2.66%) are water.

While it is among the largest Oregon counties in land area, it is thinly populated with 7,422 residents in 2000. The economy in Lake County is reliant on lumber, agriculture and natural resource extraction.