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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Twilight at Mono Lake in California

The first thing that came to mind when I arrived at Mono Lake is that someone had opened up some caverns. The most unusual feature of Mono Lake are its dramatic and alien looking tufa towers emerging from the surface.These rock towers form when underwater springs rich in calcium mix with the waters of the lake, which are rich in carbonates. The resulting reaction forms limestone.

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Date Taken: 06.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Lee Vining, California, United States of America
Camera: ILCE-7RM2
Copyright: © Rajesh Jyothiswaran