It was not without great "hoopla" and a "bang", that this nations deepest lake [5th in the World @ 1,932 ft.] sprung into existence! Towering over the Klamath Basin of Southern Oregon at a probable altitude of roughly 12,000 feet, the top of former Mount Mazama gave way to collapse in a catastrophic eruption that took place over 7,700 years ago. Continued eruptions fed the lake with molten lava flow, thusly forming the small island [Wizard Island] that you now see in the above photograph. Two other such formations remain hidden just below the lakes crystal blue surface.

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