Crater Lake's Strange Rock Formation, the "Phantom Ship," is the Theme of This Fridge Magnet
The mountains of Western Oregon are a volcanically active region, as we saw in the eruption of Mount Saint Helens in 1980. A much larger eruption occurred roughly 7,700 years ago when the summit of Mount Mazama collapsed. The entire center of the mountain sunk into a massive underground magma chamber leaving only a circular ring of rocks around a deep lake. This strange and beautiful location is today known as Crater Lake and is held in awe by both Euro-Americans - who made it a national park - and the local Klamath native people - who believe it to be a sacred location. The lake is known for its remarkably clear blue water and its strange volcanic formations, including the Phantom Ship, the image depicted on this acrylic fridge magnet.
The Phantom Ship is One of the More Remarkable Points on Oregon's Beautiful Crater Lake
This image shows the "Phantom Ship," an island rising out of Crater Lake. It is given this name because, especially on foggy mornings, it appears to rise out of the lake like a ghostly sailing vessel. It is a remnant of an ancient fissure that allowed lava to squeeze up, forming harder rocks that remained even after the surrounding rock collapsed away. It appears that similar rocks were also extruded into what is now the rim rocks of the lake forming Dutton Cliff. Today the island has eroded away to reveal several dramatic pillars of hard rock and is, remarkably for its size, home to seven species of tree. The island is visible from observation points around the edge of the rim. However, it is best seen from the water, and is a highlight of the lake cruises that take visitors out to the other island, the romantically named "Wizard's Island."