Plants grow where the geology is right

The keen observer has likely noticed horizontal bands of different vegetation along the hillsides northeast of our valley. Their presence is in part determined by the underlying geology.
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Massive landslides are part of our past

After the tragic landslide in Washington, I've had people ask whether it can happen in our valley. The short answer is yes " but it depends.
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Region's volcanic rocks have gassy past

If you look at lava flows — such as in the Lava Beds National Monument or along highways 140 or 66 east of the Bear Creek Valley — you might notice little round holes in some flows, especially near their tops.
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Rub a dub Tub (Springs)

Rub a dub Tub (Springs)

While traveling east along the Greensprings Highway, you might notice people parked at the small Tub Springs State Park, so named for a tub originally placed there in the 1930s.
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Black Butte's dark mystery explained

Black Butte's dark mystery explained

South of Weed, Calif., along Interstate 5 at Black Butte Summit stands the impressive but silent sentinel of Black Butte. It just has to be a cinder cone, right?
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