The Mono-Inyo Craters are a 29-km (18 mi) long chain of silicic lava domes, lava flows, and explosion craters found along the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada range between Mono Lake and Long Valley Caldera.


Mono Craters comprise the northern portion of the chain and form an arcuate, 17-km (10.5 km) long group of 30 or more dike-fed eruption centers. Explosive eruptions at Mono Craters began more than 50,000 years ago from now-buried vents, but almost all of the exposed domes and flows are of Holocene age. The Inyo Craters are a 12-km (7.5 mi) long chain of volcanic features similar to the northern-lying Mono Craters. The latest eruptions at Mono-Inyo Craters took place about 600 years ago when explosive eruptions and lava flows produced tephra deposits and obsidian lava domes. Eruptions on Paoha Island, the northern tip of the chain also known as Mono Lake Volcanic Field, occurred approximately 300 years ago.


Date published: May 13, 2020

Unpacking CalVO's new seismic monitoring boxes

If you've noticed any changes to the earthquake counts released in CalVO's weekly updates, don't worry - some behind-the-scenes improvements to our monitoring system have been implemented which allow us to focus on unrest specifically related to our volcanoes and volcanic regions.

Date published: March 7, 2019

New geochronology reveals the volcanic history of Mono Craters

The Mono Craters, a line of volcanic domes and craters south of Mono Lake in eastern California, represent the youngest rhyolitic volcanoes in the western United States.

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