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Nisga'a Memorial Lava Beds

The Nisga'a Memorial Lava Beds Provincial Park (Anhluut'ukwsim Laxmihl Angwinga'asanskwhl Nisga'a)was established in 1992 to protect the Tsaex Cone lava beds located near New Aiyansh, British Columbia in the Nass River Valley.  The region is part of the Nisga'a Nation, whose ancestors witnessed the eruption of the Tsaex Cone in the 18th Century, which poured lava 20km downstream into the valley, blocking the Tsaex River creating Lava Lake & realtering the direction of the Nass River.  In addition, the lava flows destroyed the Nisga'a villages of Wii Lax K'abit and Lax Ksiluux.  While the lava was slow enough for villagers to outrun, they fell victim to the volcano's poisonous gases which swept down the valley & asphyxiated an estimated 2,000 people, resulting in one of the deadliest eruptions in Canadian history & in North America for the matter (for comparison, the 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption killed 57).  Today the park features lava tubes, tree molds, pahoehoe flows, aa flows, & other interesting lava formations, plus decent views of the nearby glaciated peaks in the Coast Mountains if it's a nice day.  Removal of lava is prohibited & guided tours to the Tsaex Cone about 20km from this location are offered for a fee.  Here there was a constant gale from the west coming from the Nass Bay fjord, a pleasant temperature.

Copyright: William L
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 13200x6600
Taken: 05/08/2015
Uploaded: 08/08/2015
Updated: 06/01/2019


Tags: nisga'a memorial lava beds provincial park; british columbia; new aiyansh; coast mountains; boundary ranges; lava; volcanic eruption; nisga'a nation; tsaex cone; kitimat ranges; nass river valley
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