Mono Lake Journals

Mono Lake

A March 2004 trip to Mono Lake by mukluk

Mono Lake Photo, Mono Lake, California More Photos
Quote: Mono Lake is on the east side of the Sierra Nevadas, not far from Bishop, California.

Strange and Fascinating Mono Lake

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Mono Lake Photo, Mono Lake, California
Mono Lake is a huge glacier-carved lake with no outlet. For thousands of years, streams have carried minerals into the lake while evaporation has removed water from it. As a result of this process, the salt content of the lake is almost 10%. No fish can live in these alkaline waters, but brine shrimp, alkali flies, and birds are abundant. In 1941, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power began diverting Mono Lake's tributary streams to the L.A. aqueduct. This resulted in a lowering of the lake level, revealing the fascinating tufa towers. The strange towers are formed when the fresh water springs containing calcium bubble up through the carbonate-rich lake water, forming limestone deposits som...Read More