Over 17 million years ago, one of the largest lava flows ever to appear on the Earth’s surface engulfed about 54,000 square miles of central Washington. Over the next 12 to 15 million years, flow after flow poured out, eventually accumulating to over a mile thick. In rare cases, the lava was so thick and cooled so slowly that the basalt crystallized, forming these unique features known as basalt columns. Even more unusual is having these exposed at the surface to quarry.
At the quarry, we carefully remove the columns from faces much like the picture below. After sorting the different lengths and diameters, we load the columns on flat beds for shipment to our processing plant.
At our processing facility, we can cut, core and polish the columns for a wide array of architectural and landscape uses. Some design applications include: fountains, birdbaths, benches, sculptures, monoliths, and
|Location of the Columbia Basalt Lava Flows in Washington State|
|Faces like this 20 footer are quarried and loaded onto flatbed trucks.|
Basalt Column Applications
Applications for basalt columns are only limited by the imagination of the designer, here are some examples:
|Fountains||Gates||Bird Baths||Raised Beds|
|Top of Basalt Quarry||Staging Site at High Quarry||Large Dish Rock in the Quarry|
|Staging Site at Low Quarry||Load Out 18′-24′ Columns||Mini Column Quarry Face|