Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mono Lake

I'm not sure whether this lake is part of Yosemite or  not but it is right next to it so we had to visit it of course.
Mono Lake is a lake in Mono CountyCalifornia, 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 saltyMono Lake formed because it lies in the Mono Basin, an endorheic basin that has no outlet to the ocean. Dissolved salts in the runoff thus remain in the lake and raise the water's pH levels and salt concentration. The Mono Lake tributaries include Lee Vining Creek and Rush Creek.


Ginny said...

Goodness, my first glance at the first picture, I thought it was a giant termite mound! Those formations are just plain weird. But they have a rather spooky beauty.

Ruth said...

These look like something from another planet.Great captures.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Woooooo--that is awesome..... I keep seeing all kinds of different figures/people/animals, etc. in those formations.. The last one --tall one--made me laugh. Isn't that just amazing????? This wonderful world of ours is just tremendous. Thanks for sharing such interesting formations... I definitely want to see Mono Lake.

Have a great day.

Carletta said...

Very unique find!
It looks prehistoric.
The last one with the 'bird' in flight is my favorite. :)

George said...

These are fascinating salt formations. How does Mono Lake compare with Great Salt Lake as far as pH is concerned? I hadn't heard of Mono Lake before.