Several important Anthropological discoveries about Paleo-Indian culture were made since 2000. They worshipped the immense power contained in a geothermal volcano. This “God” held the power to give and take life with very little warning. Phreatic eruptions leveled large land areas, taking the lives of all the people and creatures within its range.
Phreatic (or steam-blast) eruptions are caused by explosive expanding steam resulting from cold ground or surface water coming into contact with hot rock or magma. The distinguishing feature of phreatic explosions is that they only blast out fragments of pre-existing solid rock from the volcanic conduit. No new magma is erupted. According to USGS-Menlo Park, the San Quentin Peninsula is the end of the geothermal chain that feeds the Geysers Power Plant.
With complete devastation, came new life. Volcanic glass, beads of copper and other pyroclastic materials were formed in the caldera and scattered by the blasts. When it was safe to approach this “God”, the survivors collected the glass, copper and pyroclasts.
Each explosion left geothermal vents at the bottom of the caldera that belched superheated steam from deep inside of the Earth. Like other ancient people, it seems that the Paleo-Indians made sacrifices to appease this “God” because a high percentage of pyroclastic pieces have clearly visible bone fragments fused to them.
The face of their God is clearly visible on all objects made of wood, metal and glass. See the Paleo-Indian Themes page for further details.