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Jul 16, 2011 - Mono Lake

I spent the night at Mono Lake, a large, shallow saline lake, 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. When the city of Los Angeles diverted water from flowing into the lake, it lowered the lake level leaving salt coats and the tufa towers, which nowadays are a prominent part of the landscape. Los Angeles was forced to partially restore the lake level. The Diver, a photo taken by Storm Thorgerson for...

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Sep 15, 2010 - Mono Lake

Mono Lake was the most unusual place we have ever kayaked. What a unique and special place. It lies just to the East of Yosemite in its own special valley. In the spring and summer clouds of California Gulls float over the lake. Over 80 percent of the gulls in California return to the lake to nest and raise their young. By 1979 stream diversions precipitously lowered the lake's level and greatly increased the concentration of salt and sodium bicarbonate in the lake. These and other minerals make Mono Lake 2.5 times saltier than the ocean...

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