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Mono Lake Sunset
©2012 Tomasz Dziubinski

Mono Lake Sunset

Mono Lake, California

International Photography Awards - IPA 2012
2nd place in Nature - Sunset category


PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris 2012
A series of 5 images "Mono Lake Sunset"
Gold medal in the subcategory Nature/Sunset

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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Irinka25-Apr-2015 14:09
Couleurs douces, beaux reflets et belle composition !
John G Reed15-Mar-2012 11:36
Beautiful. Best. J. (v)
Matylda Lempel-Chareza Photography03-Mar-2012 16:22
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)03-Mar-2012 13:40
Cool shot! V+
Helen Betts01-Mar-2012 22:33
Another fan,tastic capture. V.
René Gysi28-Feb-2012 09:11
Great colors and reflections. Superb! V
Kinga Chwalkowska Zadlak28-Feb-2012 08:33
Wonderful image!!! ~BV~
Doug Sherman28-Feb-2012 07:17
Spectacular image Tomasz. Your renditions are so unique.
waterfalls man28-Feb-2012 00:29
Great shot.V !!
Patricia Kay27-Feb-2012 21:19
Absolutely stunning Tomasz...just love it...BV
Chris Spracklen27-Feb-2012 20:34
Extraordinary quality and superb composition, Tomasz. *V*
John Vass27-Feb-2012 19:10
Super nice shot Tomasz!
Betty Vlasiu27-Feb-2012 18:44
A beautiful and colorful scene. Love it.
Ron Asp27-Feb-2012 18:41
Beautiful shot, real tone of colors there, Thanks for sharing Tomasz..
Enny27-Feb-2012 18:12
amazing work Tomasz.
J. Scott Coile27-Feb-2012 17:57
Gérard Koehl27-Feb-2012 17:10
Tout simplement magnifique. V
Aivar Mikko27-Feb-2012 16:10
Excellent light with beautiful composition and reflections!
Maurice Nijssen27-Feb-2012 15:59
Wonderful image !!!
Beautiful colors !!! V
Paco López27-Feb-2012 15:21
Superb!!! V!!
Walter O. Koenig27-Feb-2012 14:52
Great clarity, light and colors. What a fantastic location. "V"
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad27-Feb-2012 14:48
Lovely light and colour. V
Matthew Mannell27-Feb-2012 14:27
A real beauty.
Giuseppe Esposito27-Feb-2012 14:17
Nestor27-Feb-2012 14:15
Once again amazing in original view mode.
Lovely shore line image entrance making a splendid composition.
Great light and excellent resolution.
irena27-Feb-2012 14:03
Great work! V
burtmann27-Feb-2012 14:00
Beautiful work. v
Tom LeRoy27-Feb-2012 13:41
Fantastic how the beautiful colored sky is mirrored in the water! A magnificent photo!BV!
Milan Vogrin27-Feb-2012 13:28
Beautiful place and photo. V!
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