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21-FEB-2012 Jola Dziubinska

Mono Lake At Dusk

Mono Lake, California

Tufa limestone columns on Mono Lake, California.

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.

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J. Scott Coile26-Mar-2012 15:58
Gorgeous pastels Jola!
Stephanie26-Mar-2012 12:33
Very, very pretty scene! V
Guest 26-Mar-2012 05:49
Amazing capture.
Fred Parsons26-Mar-2012 04:16
An other nice shot of Mono
Photo.Keely26-Mar-2012 02:44
Nice image! V.
David Hobbs25-Mar-2012 23:41
Yes it's all very unreal and dreamlike here. Like something out of "Myst" or "Riven". Nice picture. V
larose forest photos25-Mar-2012 22:01
Dreamlike, as if from a fantasy world, with those formations and the soft colours on the water. VV
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