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Book review: Relicts of a Beautiful Sea lends new understanding of the desert around us

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff

This post was written by Barbara Ball, 2014 Information Center & Bookstore Manager.

The Inyo Mountain slender salamander is found in just five locations (all in the Inyo Mountains) and has been classified as endangered since 1996. The Devil’s Hole pupfish only lives in Devil’s Hole in the Amargosa Valley—a body of water smaller than your bedroom and with water averaging 93 degrees Fahrenheit. These species have adapted and descended from ancestors living in the Great Basin when it was an enormous sea.

Conservation biologist Christopher Norment’s talk and book signing at the Mono Lake Committee on October 15 brought wonder, understanding, and a new appreciation for life in its many forms. Norment’s book, Relicts of a Beautiful Sea: Survival, Extinction and Conservation in a Desert World, looks at the Great Basin and the sea it once was. A review by T. DeLene Beeland, author of (more…)

Mono Lake is warming faster than Lee Vining air temperature

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

I just read Bartshe’s post about the NASA study showing that Mono Lake’s July-September surface temperature warmed about 4 degrees from 64 degrees F in 1992 to 68.3 degrees F in 2008. The article suggests comparing the water temperatures with air temperatures, and I have just done that with the results shown below. (more…)

Summer update: Crowd-free Labor Day weekend expected

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
American Avocets feed on Alkali Flies as the near-perfect summer weather continues at Mono Lake. Photo by Claire Skinner.

American Avocets feed on Alkali Flies as the near-perfect summer weather continues at Mono Lake. Photo by Claire Skinner.

With Tioga Road (Hwy 120) closed west of White Wolf in Yosemite National Park, Labor Day weekend crowds will be smaller than usual in the Mono Basin. Smoke from the Big Meadow Fire near Crane Flat is mostly going north of the Mono Basin. The fire is now 70% contained but road closures will remain in effect at least through the holiday weekend. Click here for the latest on the Yosemite fire.

Warm days and cool nights. Highs near 80 and lows in the 40s. Smoke in the north part of the Mono Basin is intermittent, with some clear and some smoky days. Skies over (more…)

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