Ubehebe Crater and Little Uhebe Crater, Photo Gallery, Death Valley National Park, California
Ubehebe Crater and Little Uhebe Crater
Death Valley National Park
Ubehebe Crater is the largest explosive crater in Death Valley at about 500' deep and .5 mile across. The crater is around 2000 years old and was formed by the sudden release of underground steam. The heat from magma (molten rock) turns the groundwater into steam creating intense pressure just below the surface of the ground. When the pressure became too great, the steam blew out of the ground in an explosive event spewing shattered rock over a six square mile area. Next to the major crater is Little Hebe Crater which is smaller yet very well defined. Views from atop the Ubehebe Crater crater rim are spectacular.
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