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Mono Basin Water Flows

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1 Mono Basin Water Flows

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6 Mono Lake Tufas formed when calcium-bearing freshwater springs well up through the carbonate rich alkaline lake water. They show that the lake was much deeper in the past.

7 Ecosystem Saline lake Algae, Brine shrimp, Brine flies High desert wildlife

8 Ecosystem Migratory birds Nesting birds

9 Ecosystem

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13 Diversion begins in 1941 Diversion increase Negit Island Landbridge Forms

14 1981: Volume cut in half Salinity climbed to 100 g/L (55 g/L was normal) *Elevation 6372 ft (45 ft below avg)

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28 Salinity reduces evaporation rate

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31 Model experiments

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35 Other comments Mono Lake became meromictic between 1994 and (A 11 year interval of meromixis). Its normal state is monomictic, where seasonal flucuations is surface density driven by temperature variations cause yearly overturning of deep water with oxygen rich surface waters.


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