The most important attractions in Mono Lake California

Mono Lake in California is 13 miles from the National Park "Yosemite", near Lee Vining, California, along Highway 395. The easiest way to reach the lake on Highway 120, passing through the mountain pass Tioga.

Tioga is usually closed in winter and in the majority of spring. Mono is one of the oldest lakes in the world - at least 700, 000 years. As it is supplied with water from the huge glaciers of the last ice age, the lake once was 60 times greater than 66 square milli area it covers today.

Mono is salty and alkaline lake, as it is not swollen. The only way in which the water content decreases by evaporation is. Sierra streams that flow into it contain very small concentrations of minerals and salts, but their content is accumulated over the years.Bookmark and Share

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Natural attractions in Mono Lake California

Another reason for the increased salt content of the lake is that by 1941 it supplied the city of Los Angeles with water, leading to reduced water volume in half. After lengthy litigation has ended the water supply from the lake and its water content again started to recover, albeit slowly.

For geologists Mono Lake is a veritable paradise. It is surrounded by volcanoes, both old and new. In fact, two of the islands on the lake are volcanic cones. Currently none of the volcano is not active, although they noticed indications of possible future eruptions.

One of the most interesting phenomena about Mono are so-called "tufa" - limestone towers that occur along the entire coast. Some of them are high over 9 meters.

At first glance Mono looks as if there are not any signs of life. In fact, it maintains a very interesting food chain, the bottom of which stands seaweed algae. It is the food of shrimp and flies that turn you are a staple food for ogormen number of water birds.

It is estimated that 85 percent of gulls in California began its life in Mono Lake. There are at least 80 species of waterfowl for which Mono is home.

Currently there are open tourist center where the staff helps tourists wishing to plan their trip around the area and learn important information about the history of the lake. The area offers excellent opportunities for swimming, bird watching, photography and boating around the lake.

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