Mono Lake Tufa
Ref.#01 1593 ~ Mono Lake is a large, shallow saline soda lake on the East side of the Sierras. The lake formed at least 760, 000 years ago. The lack of an outlet caused high levels of salts to accumulate in the lake. A unique feature is spectacular "tufa towers, " calcium-carbonate spires and knobs formed by interaction of freshwater springs and alkaline lake water. Most of these were formed underwater when the lake was higher. For several years the water was exported out to supplement water resources in California s valleys. When water levels dropped the formations were exposed. Because the lake could not replenish with annual rains the practice was restricted.
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