Crater Lake in southwest Oregon

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at Crater Lake in southwest Oregon.

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Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at Crater Lake in southwest Oregon.

Crater Lake sits nestled in the Cascade Mountains, where even in late June, snow still covers the surrounding peaks. Located in the lake is a cinder cone volcano named Wizard Island.

The lake is actually the surface expression of a caldera of a volcano that exploded in a dramatic eruption 6,000 to 8,000 years ago.

This image was captured by an astronaut on board the International Space Station.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory