Mono Lake Facts
Contents: Sodium Chloride, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Sulfate (a chloro-carbonate-sulfate "triple water" lake)
Salinity (% of dissolved solids):
Nesting birds: California Gulls (50,000) Migratory species: Wilson's Phalaropes (150,000), Northern Phalaropes (50,000), Eared Grebes (1,000,000) and 79 other waterbird species.
Volcanism: Chain of 30 domes of explosive rhyolite (75% silica) erupting continuously during last 40,000 years, as recently as 640 years ago. Negit Island, Paoha Island and Black Point also of volcanic origin.
Sierra: Rising one thousand feet every million years.