By Gordon DuBois

One hundred million years ago, the area of today's Ossipee Mountains was a very different place. What appear to be individual peaks are actually what is left of a large, now extinct volcano. It is thought that the volcano may have been as high as 10,000 feet, and would have looked something like Mt. Vesuvius or Mt. Fuji. Three major eruptions, each about 10 million years apart, changed the volcano into what is seen today. The second eruption, around 90 million years ago, created the famous ring dike.

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