5400 Miles in the US (Mono Lake)

Mono Lake is something quite unique.

The scenery was so special that has provoked my wife into taking photos – something she won’t do in our travels – I was the one who photographed while she just enjoyed the view, as she know when back home, I’ll have all the photos.CIMG3920

The following is extracted from Wikipedia:

Mono Lake is a large, shallow saline soda lake in Mono County, California, formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in a endorheic basin. The lack of an outlet causes high levels of salts to accumulate in the lake. These salts also make the lake water alkaline.CIMG3918

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.CIMG3922

The human history of Mono Lake is associated with its productive ecosystem. The native Kutzadika’a people derived nutrition from the larvae of the alkali flies that live in the lake. When the city of Los Angeles diverted water from the lake, it lowered the lake level, which imperiled the migratory birds. The Mono Lake Committee formed in response and won a legal battle that forced Los Angeles to partially restore the lake level.CIMG3921

The draw down in water levels have revealed more of the salt columns.