Monday, October 08, 2007

Mono Lake

Going back to Mono Lake and the teetering tufa towers...the water slowly returns... during non-drought years (as decided in 1994 by the Water Board to stop diverting most of the inflow into the lake)

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Water everywhere

A vanishing lake in the horizon, a dust bowl emerges, alfalfa sprouts.

Lakes that were studied for their unusual salinity, like Poison, have now become landscapes of barren sediment. Lungs once filled with high sierra breeze now filled with ancient lakebed. We tried to recirculate the air in our car, but tasted constant dust on our lips. Subtropical drylands are predicted to become warmer and hence more arid in the span of our lifetime...amplified by our growing global populations need for food and water and fossil fuel.
At Walker Lake, an old man warns "the lake has gone down, way down" since I was a young man, since yesterday.
Goose Lake vanishing, the other side- a blowing whirl of clay and sand.