Mono Lake CA - South Tufa Trail
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Thursday, October 26, 2017
By David P. Senner
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Mono Lake CA was the last stop on my recent trip up the US 395 into Owens Valley and up to Mono Lake - South Tufa Trail. This unusual place is about 45 minutes north of Mammoth Lakes, CA and east of the entrance to Yosemite National Park.

From Wikipedia: "The (Mono Lake) reserve was established to preserve the spectacular "tufa towers," calcium-carbonate spires and knobs formed by interaction of freshwater springs and alkaline lake water. It also protects the lake surface itself as well as the wetlands and other sensitive habitat for the 1 – 2 million birds that feed and rest at Mono Lake each year. Throughout its long existence, salts and minerals have washed into the lake from Eastern Sierra streams. Freshwater evaporating from the lake each year has left the salts and minerals behind so that the lake is now about 2 1/2 times as salty as the ocean and very alkaline."

       

  

 
        

      

      

      

  Thanks for following. See you next time.

  DPS

 


                                                            

 

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