Modoc County

Plane Views Over California

Modoc County is the sparsely populated remote county in the northeast corner of California. I've actually driven through it a couple times as I traveled between Lava Beds National Monument and Lassen Volvanic National Park. But after flying over the county a few times, I'd like to check out a few things from the ground.

This part of California, along with eastern Oregon and Washington to the north, have a lot of volcanic history and a fractured landscape. In Oregon, this has results in a series of giant step-like "rims", including Abert Rim just across the border north of Modoc County. Flying over Modoc County and its ground-level fractures are readily apparent.

But there's another feature that catches my eye. A number of lakes and reservoirs appear to have several evenly spaced small islands in them. They show up in Google satellite images as well, so I know it wasn't some one-time thing. I'd like to find out what they are and see what they look like at surface level.


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Fractured Landscape of Modoc County (S11A0026)
Fracture lines cross large sections of Modoc County.


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Spotted Lake in Modoc County (S11A0025)
Similar patterns of these small islands can be seen from the air in a number of Modoc County lakes and reservoirs.


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