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Mono Lake, CA.

Crossing over the Sierras you find what seems to be a beautiful lake- icy blue like an Alpine lake, open and coated around with mountain views. As you approach, the seagulls through you off, then the large pieces of stone almost like coral. Then you look at the water and see that slime and salt. This is Mono Lake, which is 2.5x times saltier than the ocean itself. Around the lake, the former chutes of volcanic water are now covered in rocky pinnacles called Tufas. While this lake seems void of any life, it is home to three key animals: Birds, Alkali Flies, and Brine Shrimp. These animals work with their conditions in a symbiotic flow. 

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