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Dave and Jan's travels:
Craters of the Moon National Park

So, first there's an eruption. As a result, big stacks of 'cinders' (actually lumps of molten rock that solidified around the crater) are stacked around the crater. The next eruption causes a lava flow that breaks off lumps of cinder, which float down the hill and eventually come to rest miles away, in the middle of a bleak black landscape. Two thousand years later there still isn't much vegetation around.