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This mountain, at the background of the picture, named Table Mountain, near Mount baker, has not always been like a flat, black anvil into the sky. It began as lava flowing into a stream valley hundreds of thousands of years ago. The molten rock filled the valley hundreds of feet deep, and hardened to fit the valley's shape.
After the lava cooled, a stream again tried to flow down the valley, but the mass of lava, humped in the middle, forced the water to split into two streams which flowed along the valley edges.
The strean then began cutting down through the soft, old valley walls, erodig them away. During cold period, gaciers flowed in the stream beds, carving even more deeply.
The hard, new volcanic rock resisted erosion. As the valley walls peeled away, the lava flow seemed to rise higher and higher. Finally, the valley walls were washed entirely downstream and Table Mountain emerged, a valley bottom inverted into a mountain top.

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