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Mono Lake is located just east of Yosemite. It is currently a much smaller lake than it was 100 years ago. The water is very briny. It's loaded with alkaloid salts. The water level is currently far below what it would naturally be because people have taken the fresh water that flows into the lake to supply fresh water for all the houses in Los Angeles. Some of the light colored structures that are visible protruding up from the surface are mineral deposits called "tufa". These would naturally be under water as they are formed by underground springs that feed into the lake. However, because of people taking the water from the streams that normally fed the lake, these tufa deposits are now visible above the water line.

Birds flock to this lake to feed on the brine shrimp and alkali flies which are two of the few creatures able to survive in this harsh environment. To learn more about Mono Lake, go to http://www.monolake.org

The dark structure in the background is a volcanic cinder cone that actually is an island in the lake.

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