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75/365 Mono Lake tufa and birds

28 Jul

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'” – Genesis 1:23

The destruction of Mono Lake at Lee Vining, CA, a primary stop for migratory water fowl, was nearly accomplished by the greed for water in the Los Angeles basin. The wanton disregard for order in creation would seem a clear violation of God’s plan for the earth. Here is the quandary, though. Had the streams feeding this lake with no outlet not been diverted causing the water level to drop and emptying the lake (through evaporation) of over half its volume, this photograph would never have been possible. The tufa, calcium pillars created by springs on the lake’s bottom, would never have been exposed for our fascinated viewing. A 1994 ruling requires the lake to be refilled to its 1963 level, way below the original lake level but 7.5 feet higher than it is today. The lake is being “healed.” But, here’s the quandary. A photo this one will never be taken again.

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