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21-FEB-2012 Jola Dziubinska

Mono Lake At Dusk

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.

Nikon D700 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
15s f/6.3 at 70.0mm iso400 full exif

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Cindi Smith02-Jan-2013 18:28
Loved your story about the tourists. This is gorgeous. Glad you decided to hang out til they left! This is gorgeous...oh I said that already. Well it is! BV!
monica memoli01-Jan-2013 22:50
Is it on planet earth? v
Herb 31-Dec-2012 14:58
Great light
Matylda Lempel-Chareza Photography31-Dec-2012 13:38
15s? na statywie?rzeczywiscie ,rewelacyjne,pokarz wiecej takich!
borisalex31-Dec-2012 08:05
Magic light going through the so peaceful scene, painted with great colors, I like the little purple tone on the water, the strong composition and the mood! A winner! V.
Guest 31-Dec-2012 04:14
the best sunset is often after the fact..... great shot... light... mood...color..
J. Scott Coile31-Dec-2012 01:37
A place of such special ans mystical colors.
Sheila30-Dec-2012 23:28
A very beautiful image Jola.
Loved your story of the other tourists :-)
Karen Stuebing30-Dec-2012 22:54
This is a stunning scenic with the blue tones, light and detail. V.
John Lamb30-Dec-2012 22:31
Beautiful tones Jola. The long exposure has added a nice quality to the water.
Walter Otto Koenig30-Dec-2012 19:15
Wonderful tones and lighting. A great photo from this amazing place. "V"
sue anne30-Dec-2012 19:10
Beautiful place and lighting. V
Guest 15-Mar-2012 14:55
Stunning duotone image! Excellent work! V
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)09-Mar-2012 13:42
Great idea.Love the tones.BV
Guest 02-Mar-2012 18:27
Excellent work. V.
Mostafa Moftah02-Mar-2012 18:02
Yes, Amazing.. ~V
Guest 02-Mar-2012 12:31
amazing capture of those still waters in this creative light, V
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