Tufas at Mono Lake

CarolM

San Bernardino, United States

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An unusual ancient lake located in Lee Vining, Calfornia by the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains close to Yosemite National Park. The lake is at least 760,000 years old. It is an alkaline and hypersaline lake with unusual tufa pinnacles (calcium carbonate). The lake is twice as salty as the ocean and contains large amounts of minerals which foster algae growth which feeds the brine shrimp and alkali flies that inhabit the lake. It has no fish. There are over 300 species of birds and the lake is a critical nesting habitat for several species including the California gull. It’s shores close to the lake are home to alkali flies, so many that the edge of the shore sometimes appears black. Birds feed on the large amounts of brine shrimp and Alkali flies. Mono Lake as an very interesting place, like no other.

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