These amaz­ing for­ma­tions in the form of spi­ral columns are locat­ed on the shores of Lake Crow­ley, Cal­i­for­nia, USA. This place was dis­cov­ered in 1941, after the con­struc­tion of a reser­voir in the upper reach­es of the Owens Riv­er. Strange pil­lar-shaped for­ma­tions have been seen along the east­ern shore of the reser­voir. These stone columns up to 6 meters high are con­nect­ed by arch­es and look like mas­ter­pieces of ancient Greek archi­tec­ture.

Crowley lake columns

Entry relat­ed to loca­tion: USA

Until 2015, this place was not sub­ject­ed to any research, which means that the columns are of nat­ur­al ori­gin. Cov­ered with soft rocks for mil­lions of years, they were hid­den from human eyes. Mankind only learned about them because of the activ­i­ties of the Los Ange­les Water Depart­ment. Dur­ing the work on the cre­ation of the reser­voir, these unusu­al for­ma­tions came out of the water and became avail­able to sci­en­tists, so geol­o­gists from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley decid­ed to con­duct a seri­ous study. Crow­ley Lake and its columns are sig­nif­i­cant­ly infe­ri­or in pop­u­lar­i­ty to the columns of Mono Lake, which we wrote about ear­li­er. How­ev­er, this is no less inter­est­ing place.

Var­i­ous meth­ods and mod­ern equip­ment, includ­ing X‑ray analy­sis and elec­tron microscopy, have enabled geol­o­gists to deter­mine the approx­i­mate age of the pil­lars. The pil­lars of Crow­ley Lake were found to have been formed by melt­ing snow as cold water seeped through hot vol­canic ash from a cat­a­clysmic erup­tion 760,000 years ago. Omit­ting details, the sci­en­tists say the water cre­at­ed columns like con­vec­tion heat pipes. They sup­pos­ed­ly tied the min­er­als togeth­er to resist the cor­ro­sive forces of the lake’s waves. You can see even more of these columns in the selec­tion of won­ders of geol­o­gy in pho­tographs.

See also
Erawan Waterfall, a fabulous place in Thailand

On the shores of Lake Crow­ley there are about 5,000 sim­i­lar pil­lars cov­er­ing an area of ​​4,000 hectares. They are divid­ed into groups, dif­fer­ent in shape, size and col­or. Like silent stat­ues of stone cas­tles, these pil­lars seem very mys­te­ri­ous, and it is dif­fi­cult to accept the fact that these labyrinths of heli­cal columns were not cre­at­ed by man.