Mono Lake is in the eastern Sierras (California) near Lee Vining. It is a very old lake that has no exit so over time, it has become so full of salts and minerals that fish cannot survive in it. It does support brine shrimp and flies which in turn support millions of migratory birds and waterfowl and it is a primary breeding ground for many birds like the seagull shown here.

Most people go to Mono Lake to see the tufa - intricate spires and knobs formed over time by calcium carbonate.


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Tufa Spires at Mono Lake