Mono Lake, California

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
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Aerial Views

   

 

Mono Lake, California Rest stop at the junction of California 120 (Tioga Pass Highway) and US 395.
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Mono Lake, California Left and below: views of Mono Lake from the southwest.
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Mono Lake, California Left and below: tufa pinnacles
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Mono Lake, California The black mound is a rare example of a tuff ring on dry land: it was erupted under water during a Pleistocene high stand of Mono Lake.
Mono Lake, California Left and below: looking south along the Sierra Nevada front.
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Mono Lake, California Wide-angle view looking southeast across Mono Lake
Mono Lake, California Looking south. The Sierra Nevada front is in shadow on the far right. The distant peaks are the south wall of the Long Valley Caldera.
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Mono Lake, California Cirque in the Sierra Nevada overlooking Mono Lake.
Mono Lake, California Looking southeast across Mono Lake. The snow-capped mountains are Montgomery and Boundary Peaks.
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Mono Lake, California Looking south along the Sierra Nevada front and the western shore of Mono Lake
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Mono Lake, California Boundary Peak and Montgomery Peak
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Mono Lake, California Looking east along the north shore of Mono Lake.
Mono Lake, California Left and below: views of Mono Lake from Panum Crater, northernmost of the Mono Craters. At left is a view north along the Sierra Nevada front.
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Mono Lake, California Looking east along California 120.
Mono Lake, California View of the Sierra Nevada front from Panum Crater.

Tufa Pinnacles

Mono Lake, California Left and below: Mono Lake from the tufa area.
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Mono Lake, California The tufa pinnacles are a blend of natural wonder and human blunder. The pinnacles formed from springs emerging beneath saline Mono Lake. They are visible because water from snowmelt has been diverted south to Los Angeles, causing lake levels to drop about 15 meters.

As they say out west, whiskey's for drinking, water's for fighting. Court challenges by environmentalists resulted in a settlement that stabilizes the lake levels.

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