Sunrise light on a grove of tufa towers emerging from the water of Mono Lake with soft green and dusty-red wild grasses in the foreground, Canada geese in the shallow water with reflections of the rocky towers, and desert hills in the distance.

Mono Basin research updates

Several new items have been added to the Mono Basin Clearinghouse Website,


Rewatering Channel 10 in the Rush Creek Bottomlands, Mono County, California (4.3 MB)
By Scott M. English, Northwest Biological Consulting, December 1995
In 1994, “Channel 10” in the Rush Creek bottomlands was rewatered for the first time in decades. Sagebrush desert was transformed into open water and riparian habitat. This report–produced two months after the rewatering–details the work done to reopen the channel, including sets of before and after photos.

Mono Lake Northern Paiute Linguistics
By M. Babel, M.J. Houser, M. Toosarvandani
A report on the Mono Lake Northern Paiute, a dialect that differs from more northerly languages in important ways. Although this report gets into arcane linguistic details and terminology, the casual reader will enjoy a list of some Kutzedika’a words such as huupu (river), paa’a (water), and suubi (willow).


Nonnative trout impact an alpine-nesting bird by altering aquatic-insect subsidies
P.N. Epanchin, R.A. Knapp, S.P. Lawler, UC Davis and Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab
Impacts of introduced trout on Rosy Finches. Lakes with fish had 98% fewer mayflies, and lakes without fish had 5.9 times more Rosy Finches.

The genus Artemia Leach, 1819 (Crustacea: Branchiopoda): true and false taxonomical descriptions
A. Asem, N. Rastegar-Pouyani, P. De Los Rios
Brine shrimp have re-appeared and are swimming in parts of Owens Lake. But are they the same species as Mono Lake Brine Shrimp, Artemia monica? No one knows yet, however this timely paper gives an overview of some of the taxonomical characteristics of Artemia populations around the world.

NASA/JPL Mars Research
We added a photo and a link to our Mono-logue article containing photos and a story about the Mars rover test at Mono Lake in October. From that article there are links to other articles with more information and photos.

Updated contacts for USGS National Geospatial Program; updated link for the USDA Geospatial Data Gateway (containing new imagery); and Mono Basin plant collection locations (4,400 points) by Tom Schweich.

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