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Mono Lake is a beautiful body of water covering about 65 square miles. It is an ancient lake, 1 million years old to be exact -- one of the oldest lakes in North America.
Throughout its long existence, salts and minerals have washed into the lake from Eastern Sierra streams. Freshwater evaporating from the lake each year has left the salts and minerals behind so that the lake is now about 2 1/2 times as salty and 80 times as alkaline as the ocean. It has some of the most beautiful "tufa towers," calcium-carbonate spires and knobs formed by interaction of freshwater springs and alkaline lake water
The name of this community honors Leroy Vining. In 1852 lt was Tredwell Moore and soldiers of the 2nd Infantry pursued indians of Chief Tenaya's tribe from Yosemite across the Sierra via Bloody Canyon. They took back mineral samples and a prospecting party was organized. In this group were the Vinings, Lee & Dick, who established a camp at what is now Lee Vining Creek.
- Pros:Has many servicing and beautiful mountain views.
- Cons:Can be gusty during summer, and icy in winter.
- In a nutshell:See some of natures creations!
The most accessible is Panum Crater which is 500 years old, and consist of rhyolitic and lava dome. You can hike it... more travel advice
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