If you’re looking for a geological masterpiece, look no further than the Crowley Lake majestic columns, located along the shores of Crowley Lake in California. These columns have been studied by experts for quite some time, yet their origins are still shrouded in mystery.
The lake was created in 1941 with the construction of the Long Valley Dam by the Los Angeles Water and Electricity Department. When the lake level drastically reduced, these rock formations emerged, revealing all their splendor. More than 5,000 columns of porous rock, 20 meters high and with a structure that varies in shape, color and size, are now visible for all to see. Some are grayish in color, others pink and some are straight, while others are bent.
Recent studies by a group of geologists from the University of California have shed new light on these majestic columns. By analyzing some portions of the formations through the use of X-rays and electronic microscopes, the geologists discovered tiny interior spaces created by an erosion-resistant mineral composition. The hypothesis is that the columns are the result of the fusion between the cold water and the ash caused by a violent volcanic explosion that happened 700,000 years ago. It is also estimated that in addition to the columns already discovered and scattered in an area of three square miles, many of them are still buried.
Visitors to Crowley Lake are simply amazed by the breathtaking scenery of the majestic columns. While waiting for the mystery of this natural temple to be resolved, visitors can explore the surrounding area and engage in outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, and boating.
As one of California’s many natural wonders, the Crowley Lake majestic columns are truly a sight to behold. So, the next time you’re in the area, make sure to stop by and experience this geological masterpiece for yourself.