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Mono Lake
©2012 Tomasz Dziubinski

Mono Lake

Mono Lake, California

Seen from South Tufa

Mono Lake is a large, shallow saline lake in Mono County, California.
The lake has been formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in a basin that has no outlet to the ocean. Because it lacks an outlet, dissolved salts make the lake very alkaline and saline.

Perhaps the most intriguing of Mono Lake's phenomena are the tufa (pronounced "toofah") towers visible along much of the shoreline. Tufa are made from calcium carbonate which makes its way into the lake from underground springs. The calcium and carbonate combine to form limestone which builds up over time around the lake bottom spring openings. Declining lake levels have exposed the tufa towers we see today. Some of these tufa towers are up to 30 feet high.

This desert lake has an unusually productive ecosystem based on brine shrimp that thrive in its waters, and provides critical nesting habitat for two million annual migratory birds that feed on the shrimp. Mono Lake is also notable for containing GFAJ-1, a rod-shaped extremophilic species of bacteria that may be capable of metabolizing the usually poisonous element arsenic.

The human history of Mono Lake is associated with its productive ecosystem. The native Kutzadika'a people derived nutrition from the larvae of the alkaline flies that live in the lake. When the city of Los Angeles diverted water from flowing into the lake, it lowered the lake level, which imperiled the migratory birds. The Mono Lake Committee formed in response, winning a legal battle that forced Los Angeles to partially restore the lake level.

Mono Lake is a geologist's paradise. Currently, Mono Lake is in a geologically active area at the north end of the Mono–Inyo Craters volcanic chain and is close to Long Valley Caldera. Volcanic activity continues in the Mono Lake vicinity: the most recent eruption occurred 350 years ago, resulting in the formation of Paoha Island. Panum Crater (on the south shore of the lake) is an excellent example of a combined rhyolite dome and cinder cone.

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Graeme17-Apr-2012 16:56
Stunning, surreal and so very beautiful, Tomasz.BBV
Alain Boussac18-Mar-2012 21:02
Remarkable range of tones and beautiful as in a dream. BV.
Mildred Alpern14-Mar-2012 01:11
You love evident in your wonderful images...they glow
Justine06-Mar-2012 16:38
oh my goodness, these are absolutely stunning I could look at them all day, such talent you have they really are truly superb
ac06-Mar-2012 16:09
Often if not always, I see this landscape colored with warm colors.
Love it in blue as well.
Aivar Mikko04-Mar-2012 17:20
Superb shot, excellent light and colors!
Mark Chambers04-Mar-2012 17:13
Fantastic cool tones and great composition. V
Brian with an Eye04-Mar-2012 07:57
A superb capture of this famous location, Tomasz.
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)03-Mar-2012 08:34
Voted:absolutely brilliant photo!
Milan Vogrin02-Mar-2012 12:34
Lake from the moon. Great!V!
Buz Kiefer26-Feb-2012 18:43
This is outstanding Tomasz. Beautifully composed and the pastels are wonderful. VOTE.
Pierre26-Feb-2012 11:50
Une image fantastique, bravo! V
CM Kwan26-Feb-2012 09:50
This is amazingly beautiful! V
Herbey Morales26-Feb-2012 09:24
Outstanding image! v
H2M26-Feb-2012 08:20
Fabulous light and colors. VV
Santi Bravo Figueras26-Feb-2012 07:21
Superb work.
Michel CORBOZ26-Feb-2012 05:20
Lovely mood ! V
laine26-Feb-2012 05:01
Interesting tones...
Yvonne26-Feb-2012 03:24
Gorgeous shades of blue and such a lovely time of day! v
soulis26-Feb-2012 03:12
Great shot. V.
Christy VB26-Feb-2012 02:19
Ethereal looking and dramatic. The cluster of stars adds something special to an already great photo!
Maurice Nijssen25-Feb-2012 22:51
Wonderful composition and colors !!!
Excellent work !!! V
larose forest photos25-Feb-2012 22:39
A photo to look at many times, with that delicate colouring and intriguing shapes. Gorgeous work! VV
Piotr Sobolewski25-Feb-2012 22:29
beautiful shot - very interesting
Jola Dziubinska25-Feb-2012 21:50
It's like a dream, fabulous photo. V.
Mildred Alpern25-Feb-2012 21:37
What an amazing lake this is -- its history and its ecology. Your image is superb in terms of the range of blue and pink tones and the glassy surface of the lake, pure peacefulness.
Peter Stubley25-Feb-2012 20:56
Very dreamlike. Excellent capture.
Johnny JAG25-Feb-2012 20:43
Amazing light and colour
Tom LeRoy25-Feb-2012 20:39
It does look like a paradise! A VERY beautiful capture !V!
Jim Coffman25-Feb-2012 20:28
A beautiful and tranquil scene!!
Reykjavik Abstractions / Stefán Ólafsson25-Feb-2012 20:19
Beautiful image! Nicely informative text. Voted.
irena25-Feb-2012 19:56
Great work! V
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