Mount Shasta is in SiskiyouCounty, California.It is 14,170 feet high.The population is about 3,390.
Mount Shasta is a stratovolcano with fourcones buried on top of each other.Shastina is the most evident of the conesand forms a second peak.The peak of the mountain is called HotlumCone. The cone formed about 8,000 yearsago and is now covered by a rock dome.
Shasta sits on the Gorda Plate on aconvergent boundary.Stress from the North American plateand the Pacific Plate cause manyearthquakes.
The North side of Mt. Shasta has beeninhabited since about 600 B.C by Native Americans(theShasta, Modoc, Ajumawi/ Atsuwegi, and Wintu). These people believed Mt. Shasta was the center of creation. The native people still live in the area and perform rituals in honor of the
In 1932, the Rosicrucians believed that the Lemurians lived in the mountain(Lemurians weresuper-humans who could change themselves from an object/material to spiritual).
In 1971, a Buddhist monastery was founded on Mt. Shasta. Some Native Americans were unhappy with the rituals the monks performed. Many NewAge enthusiasts worship there.
There is no historical record of themost recent eruption, but JeanFrançois Galaup de Lapérouseclaimed he saw Mt. Shasta erupt in1786. He say this eruption from thecoast. This account is now doubted bymany geologists.
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Interesting Facts• Mount Shasta is the 2nd highest peak in the Cascade Range. Mount Rainier is only 249 feet taller.• It is also the 5th highest peak in California. The tallest mountain is Mt. Whitney.• Shasta is a formidable mountain, and is still considered an active volcano.• The Mount Shasta Ski Park is located on the mountain and is a popular place for avid skiers.• People can hike up the glaciers or through the meadows.