Red Cones Information (Geography)

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Red Cones
Red Cones.jpg
Close aerial view of the Red Cones toward the east-northeast. During eruption of both cones, lava poured through the breaches and spilled to the left.
Highest point
Elevation8,960 ft (2,730 m) [1]
Coordinates 37°35′19″N 119°03′28″W / 37.58861°N 119.05778°W / 37.58861; -119.05778
RED CONES Latitude and Longitude:

37°35′19″N 119°03′28″W / 37.58861°N 119.05778°W / 37.58861; -119.05778
Location Madera County, California, United States
Age of rock8500 years
Mountain type Cinder cone
Last eruption5000 years ago

The Red Cones are a pair of cinder cones near Devils Postpile National Monument, in eastern Madera County of central California. They are within the eastern Sierra Nevada and Inyo National Forest.

Volcanic geology

The Red Cones last erupted approximately 5000 years ago, [2] with both cinder eruption (forming the cones), and a basalt flow from the southern cone, which flowed approximately 1.5 kilometers (0.9 mi) towards the upper Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River. [3]

The Red Cones are at the southern end of the Mono-Inyo Craters, the magma for the Red Cones shares its origin with the other Mono-Inyo craters.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Red Cones". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  2. ^ "Future Eruptions in California's Long Valley Area—What's Likely?" (PDF). USGS.
  3. ^ "Red Cones, Long Valley area, California". Long Valley Observatory. USGS. Archived from the original on 2009-05-07.