Mono Lake

Mono Lake (/ˈmoʊnoʊ/ MOH-noh) is a large, shallow saline soda lake in Mono County, California, formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in a basin that has no outlet to the ocean. The lack of an outlet causes high levels of salts to accumulate in the lake. These salts also make the lake water alkaline.

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.

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

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... Lucy Telles was born near Mono Lake, in Mono County, California ... Her maternal grandparents were Mono Lake Paiute Captain Sam and Mono 'Yosemite Paiute' Susie Sam ... family lived in Yosemite Valley and at Mono Lake ...
U.S. Route 395 In California - Route Description - Sierra Nevada
... The highway enters Mono County midway up the ascent, called the Sherwin Grade ... cresting Sherwin Summit, the highway travels along the west shore of Crowley Lake ... Crowley Lake is a reservoir for the City of Los Angeles's acqueduct, supplied by the Owens River ...
Mono Lake Committee
... The Mono Lake Committee (MLC) is an environmental organization based in Lee Vining, California in the United States ... Its mission is to preserve Mono Lake, by reducing diversions of water from the Eastern Sierra watersheds by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) ... (in 1975) obtained a grant from the NSF to study the ecology of Mono Lake ...
Mono Lake - History - In Popular Culture
... provides a humorous and informative early description of Mono Lake in its natural condition in the 1860s Twain found the lake to be a "lifeless ... the loneliest place on earth." The general appearance of the lake and surrounding mountains circa 1973 can also be seen in the Clint Eastwood film High Plains Drifter The Diver, a photo taken by Storm ... The photo was taken at Mono Lake, and the tufa towers are a prominent part of the landscape ...
Application - The Public Trust Doctrine At Mono Lake, California
... Mono Lake, an ancient saline lake in California's Eastern Sierra, was long threatened by the diversion of its tributary streams south to Los Angeles, thereby lowering the water levels ... Superior Court that Mono Lake is a public trust resource of the state of California ... This was an important victory for the Mono Lake Committee, the National Audubon Society, and other advocates for the lake ...

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