All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Mono Lake</strong> is a saline lake located in a Forest Service preserve just east of the Yosemite border. It is an interesting side trip. The fascinating tufa towers can stand as tall as 30 feet.  These strange calcium carbonate towers form as...
Mono Lake is a saline lake located in a Forest Service preserve just east of the Yosemite border. It is an interesting side trip. The fascinating tufa towers can stand as tall as 30 feet. These strange calcium carbonate towers form as a result of the chemical reactions of freshwater from springs coming in contact with the saline water in the lake. They became exposed as the lake level dropped when water from feeder rivers was diverted to Los Angeles. Like Great Salt Lake in Utah, Mono Lake has no outlet, so the salts and carbonates build up. When I scooped up a bottle of the water I noticed my hand quickly turned white from the salts and carbonates as the dessicating winds evaporated the water.
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