The Sutter Buttes in central California • The Sutter Buttes in central

Last update: July 6th, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the Sutter Buttes, which some call the “smallest mountain range in the world,” located in central California.

The Sutter Buttes are actually the remains of an extinct volcano and consist of a central core of lava domes that are surrounded by a debris apron that extends 11 by 10 miles.

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

The Sutter Buttes (Maidu: Histum Yani or Esto Yamani, Wintun: Olonai-Tol) are a small circular complex of eroded volcanic lava domes which rise as buttes above the flat plains of the Sacramento Valley in Sutter County, Northern California. They are situated just outside Yuba City in the northern part of the state’s Central Valley.

Referred to as the world’s smallest mountain range, Sutter Buttes has as its highest point the summit of South Butte, at 2122+ feet (647+ m), which is also the highest point in Sutter County.

At the base of the mountain is the small town of Sutter. Both the town and the buttes are named for John Sutter, who received a large land grant in the area from the Mexican government.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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