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Aerial view from above Mono Lake towards the west-SW

1981 (approx.)

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Aerial view from above Mono Lake, California towards the west-southwest.The declining water level of the lake is clearly seen by the parallel lines and white-colored lake deposits ringing the shore. The diversion of fresh-water inflow to the city of Los Angeles and evaporation has led to the decline in water level at a rate of about 1 m per year. The snow-covered mountains in the background are the Sierra Nevada.


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