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Tufa is a build up of calcium that forms around underwater springs over long periods of time. They are now exposed because the water level at Mono Lake is low. What you are seeing is actually exposed lakebed that was underwater 100 years ago.

How did it get so low? Because Los Angeles pumps its water from the streams that feed this lake. Then they send the water through an aquaduct for hundreds of miles until it gets to LA. They can steal all of this water because long ago they bought all the land from under the ranchers here for its water rights. Seems wrong to me that a city can buy up all this land so far away from its city boundaries and that they can essentially put the area into a never-ending drought.

This is an HDR composed of 5 exposures taken 1 stop apart.

captured in the wilderness, harvested in fort collins, colorado.

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  • fauselr
    fauselrabout 6 years ago

    nice shot

  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaabout 6 years ago

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing the information!

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenabout 6 years ago

    Mar…You did a magnificant job on this photo. Is this in the Leevining/Mono Lake areas? Haven’t heard from you in a while. You doing OK?…Lynn

  • haha. this is Justin Mair, but I am a watcher of Mar’s. It was taken on a trail on the south side of Mono Lake. Thanks for the compliment.

    – Justin Mair

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenabout 6 years ago

    You are most welcome, Justin. I use to live in Yosemite and am familiar with the area. Again, nice work… sorry about the mixup…Lynn

  • Secretwomen
    Secretwomenabout 6 years ago

    Just amazing.

  • Chuck Wickham
    Chuck Wickhamabout 6 years ago

    I like this shot, there might be another one here also. Looks like a great place for many good ones. Man I love those mountains!

  • johnmair
    johnmairabout 6 years ago
    NICE SHOT JUSTIN.
  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownabout 5 years ago

    Great composition and view!! wonderful shot!

  • christopherwhit
    christopherwhitalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful Mono Lake shot Justin. The Mono Lake Committee has made great strides in the courts to protect the water level. Now imposing threats are overdevelopment. This is a great place.

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