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Devils Postpile National Park

Geologic Story

Columns of the Devils Postpile
Columns of the Devils Postpile. Photo by Wymond W. Eckhardt, NPS.
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Origin of the Sierra Nevada

Renewed Uplift and Stream: Incision

Rocks of Devils Postpile Formed

Genesis of the Posts

The Postpile is Exposed

Top of the Postpile

Curved Columns

Other Volcanic Rocks In and Near the Monument

Summary of Glacial and Volcanic History

Other Volcanic Rocks In and Near the Monument

Rainbow Falls

Recent Changes


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Material in this site is adapted from a pamphlet, Devils Postpile Story, by N. King Huber, USGS, and Wymond W. Eckhardt, NPS. It is published by Sequoia Natural History Association, Sequoia Natural History Association, HCR-89, PO Box 10, Three Rivers, CA 93271-9792, Telephone (559) 565-3759.


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