Photo of the Week: Tufa Sunset

02-10-2014 // NWF Staff

Tufa at Mono Lake

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve is located near Yosemite National Park in eastern California. The unusual limestone formations on Mono Lake’s shores, known as tufa (too'-fah), are formed when the calcium released from underwater springs reacts with carbonates in the lake water, forming limestone around the spring. During the course of decades to centuries, the tufa towers grow exclusively underwater. Several tufa can be seen around Mono lake today because water levels have dropped drastically in the past few decades. Visiting the park at sunset, California resident Andrew Lee photographed the Mono Lake shore line using a Nikon D90.

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