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What the Heck Is This?

I don't expect anyone to get this one. But go ahead, take a stab.

Hint: The photo was taken from orbit. Sometimes that's informs a good guess, but I doubt so this time.

It is theAurora-Bodie volcanic field in Nevada, and it includes a series of small lava flows and cinder cones that were created between 15 million and 100,000 years ago.

The eruptions produced thick and bulbous flows in an area that's largely barren.

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The Aurora-Bodie volcanic field in Nevada includes a series of small lava flows that range in age from about 100,000 years (late Pleistocene) to more than 15 million years old. (Image credit: Digital Globe’s Worldview-2 satellite, NASA)

Robert is an independent health and science journalist and writer based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a former editor-in-chief of Live Science with over 20 years of experience as a reporter and editor. He has worked on websites such as Space.com and Tom's Guide, and is a contributor on Medium, covering how we age and how to optimize the mind and body through time. He has a journalism degree from Humboldt State University in California.