Alvord Desert and Steens Mountain, Oregon

April 22, 2011


: Marli Bryant Miller; Marli's website
Summary Author: Marli Bryant Miller

The photo above shows Steens Mountain looking north from the Alvord Desert. The Alvord Desert is a playa at the base of Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon. A recently active normal fault runs along the break in slope, uplifting the range. Together, the playa and mountain provide an example of Basin and Range topography in Oregon, as the playa occupies part of the down-dropped basin and the mountain tilts westward to form a tilted fault block. Photo taken July 7, 2006.

Photo details: Camera Maker: Canon; Camera Model: Canon EOS 30D; Focal Length: 19.0mm; Aperture: f/10.0; Exposure Time: 0.0050 s (1/200); ISO equiv: 100; Exposure Bias: none; Metering Mode: Matrix; Exposure: program (Auto); White Balance: Auto; Flash Fired: No (enforced); Orientation: Normal; Color Space: sRGB.