Mono Lake

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Sunrise, Mono Lake, CA.

Mono Lake is an ancient lake, 5 times saltier than the sea.  It’s also the breeding and nesting area for about 80% of sea birds in the Americas. Water diversion from 4 of its 6 tributaries by the City and County of Los Angeles has reduced the water level, increased salinity and alkalinity to dangerous levels, and exposed nesting sites on its two islands to predators from the shores.  The structures protruding from the lake were under water in 1941.