“Genesis” Basalt Columns
North Umpqua River, Umpqua National Forest
This elegant grouping of lichen clad basalt columns is located along the beautiful North Umpqua River in the Umpqua National Forest.
These lovely basalt columns were formed somewhere between 25,000 and 125,000 years ago during an eruption of southern Oregon’s Mt Bailey located 27 miles away. Basalt columns often form when thick lava begins to slowly cool and contract. Lava cools most slowly at the bottom of large flows as they are insulated from atmospheric temperatures by overlaying lava allowing the bottom layers of lava to slowly form columnar jointing. Shape and symmetry of basalt columns is dependent on the rate of cooling. the beautiful North Umpqua River flows against he base of this artistic rock formation. Daytime shade and optimal environmental conditions allow for various type of lichen to form on the surface of the basalt, giving it a magical palette of color.
Toketee Falls, seen at left, is located a short drive from this wonderful rock formation has its own stunning collection of Basalt formations. Fly-fishing for Salmon and Steelhead on the Umpqua River was initially popularized by author, Zane Grey in the 1930’s. His fictious tales of far west adventure often included references to Southern Oregon’s Umpqua and Rogue Rivers. The North Umpqua is famed for its populations of anadromous fish such as Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, sea-run cutthroat trout and Steelhead.
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