Milky Way at Crater Lake

Image credit & copyright: Rick Parchen.

I hope that everyone’s having a great weekend and let’s keep it rolling with this image of the Milky Way over Oregon’s Crater Lake as seen by Rick Parchen.

A quick bit of information on Crater Lake; (formerly Mount Mazama) erupted about 7700 years ago creating the beautiful vista seen today. Its crater is 2148 ft. deep (though filled to a maximum of 1943 ft. with water), and about six miles long at its widest point. An interesting fact is that there are no rivers in or out of the caldera lake and its estimated that its water contained within comes only from snow melt and precipitation and the rate of evaporation would about 250 years to fully evaporate all the water out of the lake should all intake cease.

While evaporation takes place, new water is being rained, snowed and melted in to create a fresh supply. Two small islands stand out of the water’s surface, “Wizard Island” (the prominent cinder cone island) as well as “Phantom Ship.” Another interesting feature is the “Old Man of the Lake;” a tree stump (Formerly a full sized tree) that’s been bobbing up and down in place for over a century. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States, the second deepest lake in North America (after Great Slave Lake in Canada) and 7th deepest lake in the world.

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