Tufa Towers

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Tufa Towers by Jean Li

Image details - Tufa Towers

Photographer: Jean Li
Competition: Competition 13
Category: Plants & Planet
Location: Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, Mono County, California, United States


A Natural Reserve was established at Mono Lake to preserve the spectacular tufa towers - limestone spires formed underwater by minerals in the lake and then exposed when water levels drop.

The shoreline reserve protects this sensitive wetland habitat, which is a feeding source for 1-2 million birds each year. Around 4 million people in Los Angeles also depend on Mono Lake’s watershed for drinking water, green lawns, agriculture and industry.


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