This beautiful image of the tufa structures at Mono Lake in Eastern California were created when the lake was much higher, by bubbling gasses rising from the lake floor. Since that time, the lake level has dropped significantly, due to water being “stolen” by California for Los Angeles. A community of supporters organized by the museum in Lee Vining have managed to get more water for the lake in recent years, and the lake is again rising. Thus, these tufa’s will be ultimately covered over with water.
We love the campground in Lee Vining. Very friendly and a nice layout, with good restaurants and a coffee shop within easy walking distance.