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Mono Lake and White Mountains, Febr. 1990 (165°)

Mono Lake and White Mountains, Febr. 1990 (165°)
Mono Lake is a large, shallow saline soda lake in Mono County, California, formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in a endorheic basin. The lack of an outlet causes high levels of salts to accumulate in the lake. These salts also make the lake water alkaline.

This desert lake has an unusually productive ecosystem based on brine shrimp that thrive in it's waters, and provides critical nesting habitat for two million annual migratory birds that feed on the shrimp.

The human history of Mono Lake is associated with its productive ecosystem. The native Kutzadika'a people derived nutrition from the larvae of the alkali flies that live in the lake. When the city of Los Angeles diverted water from 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.

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 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Wonderful landscape image; quite different from my summer pictures !!
6 years ago.
LutzP club
has replied to Jaap van 't Veen club
Yes, it is, Jaap. The entire Owens Valley up to Mono Lake is a marvel, also in winter. We used to go there over the weekends in winter when it was raining cats and dogs in LA. Thanks and greets, Lutz
6 years ago.

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