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Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve

User Image vladk.ru Posted: Jan 18, 2018 3:09 PM (UTC)
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Fire on the horizon. Throwback to a Mono Lake camping trip from a few years ago. We were able to find a great spot right next to the lake. Completely free and relatively secluded. .
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User Image juliestarek Posted: Jan 18, 2018 4:11 AM (UTC)
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Just 75 years ago these towering tufas and I would have been completely submerged beneath the surface of Mono Lake😲
User Image nagalo3 Posted: Jan 18, 2018 4:09 AM (UTC)
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In 1941, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power began diverting Mono Lake's tributary streams 350 miles south to meet the growing water demands of Los Angeles.
In 1962, Mono Lake had already dropped almost 25 vertical feet. Deprived of its freshwater sources, the volume of Mono Lake halved, while its salinity doubled. Unable to adapt to these changing conditions within such a short period of time, the ecosystem began to collapse.
Mono Lake is a large, shallow saline soda lake in Mono County, California, formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in an endorheic basin. The lack of an outlet causes high levels of salts to accumulate in the lake. These salts also make the lake water alkaline.

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She’s the Tilda Swinton of lakes (unconventional beauty)!
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Not far from the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park, lies a bewildering place of eerie and ancient beauty. Mono Lake is over a million years old making it one of the oldest lakes in North America. It’s 2 1/2 times as salty as the ocean and is even more unique for its other-worldly “tufa towers,” calcium carbonate formations created by the interaction of freshwater springs and the alkaline water. The lake has no outlet and is home to shrimp, blackflies and the countless migratory birds that come to feed off of them each year.
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The photo opportunities are magnificent here. The sharp desert light reflects off the surrounding mountains and bounces at all angles off the jagged tufa towers toward the salty waters of the lake.
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Feel free to take an extra buoyant swim here and be sure stop by the visitor’s center to learn more about the area.
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Gotta show the boyos round my neck of the woods(or mountains 😂) So many good times and laughs as well as few falls and new nickname for @summon_smiles now known as Pumpkin. Thanks for coming guys, was stoked to share the air with y'all! •



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Standing among desert plants beside a huge lake looking at snow covered peaks is a pretty amazing place to be. #withthewildthings #outdoorwomen #womenwhoexplore #views #monolake

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