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Sutter Buttes

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Sutter Buttes

Interpreted by geologists as the southernmost volcano in the Cascade Chain, the now-inactive and highly dissected Sutter Buttes show up on the map as a small circular bump that contrasts sharply with its flat surroundings in California's Central Valley. It erupted in Late Tertiary time- punching through flat-lying young sediments eroded from the rising Sierra Nevada to the east.

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Satellite image of Sutter ButtesImage available from the NASA Space Shuttle Earth Observations Photography database
Photo #STS062-089-014
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