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Hot Creek Geothermal Area - Long Valley Caldera - Mono County, California

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The Easter Sierra mountain building has created a long volcanically active area in the east portion of California. Hot Creek begins from the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range as Mammoth Creek, then flows through the Mammoth Lakes and changes its name to Hot Creek Gorge when flowing through Long Valley Caldera. There the water seeps into a series of faults far beneath the surface where geothermal heat the water bring it back to the surface creating travertine fumaroles, hot springs, boiling pots and occasional geysers. The warmth from the water is used upstream at Hot Creek Trout Hatchery used to stock local streams. Regular earthquakes in the area create constant changes to the geothermal activities creating false floors, new boiling pots and geysers. This has has created restrictions on visitors and is now closed after sundown. Fishermen have also introduced invasive New Zealand mud snails which affect native organisms. Hot Creek continues on to connects with the Owens River that terminates at the Owens Sink near Lone Pine, CA, 100 miles south. The unique geology of Hot Creek Gorge has been used in filming the movies of True Grit, North to Alaska, Nevada Smith, and Shoot Out.

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The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.

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