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Crater Lake, what's left after ancient Mount Mazama blew up in a volcanic eruption nearly 8,000 years ago, lies in south-central Oregon.

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Raw, violent, beautiful nature exposed at Oregon's Crater Lake

Maybe you vote red, or maybe you vote blue. One thing is certain: with the upcoming election, we Americans seem to feel what divides us more keenly than what unites us. But no matter how partisan we are likely to be from now through November, I like to think we can emphatically agree on the stunning beauty, majesty and value of so many of our national parks.


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