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Mono Lake and Tufas

Mono Lake is located in the vicinity of U.S. Highway 395 and Lee Vining area in the Eastern Sierras. The lake is more than 750,000 years old. It's 2.5 times saltier than ocean water and 80 times more alkaline! Unusual limestone (calcium carbonate) formations are found in the lake. They are called tufas. Also, sand tufas exist there -- smaller, cemented pillars of sand. Wind erosion causes fluting of the pillars. Earthquake activity was involved in protruding the tufa formations to the surface of the lake water. October 2007.
Sunrise in the vicinity of the lake.
Sunrise in the vicinity of the lake.
Unusual sunrise-sky and tufas!
Unusual sunrise-sky and tufas!
Lovely early-morning scene of lake and tufas.
Lovely early-morning scene of lake and tufas.
Closer view of right tufa.
Closer view of right tufa.
Rich morning sky!
Rich morning sky!
Tufas in morning sunshine.
Tufas in morning sunshine.
Group of photographers in the cold!
Group of photographers in the cold!
Photographers at work.
Photographers at work.
Looking back at the bushes and tufas.
Looking back at the bushes and tufas.
Windy conditions make unusual waves in the lake!
Windy conditions make unusual waves in the lake!
View in the opposite direction.
View in the opposite direction.
Wind-caused foam at lake shore!
Wind-caused "foam" at lake shore!
Sizable bushes in the area.
Sizable bushes in the area.
Delicate sand tufas.
Delicate "sand" tufas.
Geologist-visitor, Jym Batey, photographs tufa.
Geologist-visitor, Jym Batey, photographs tufa.
View of Mono Lake from the east side of Hwy. 395.
View of Mono Lake from the east side of Hwy. 395.