Field Work in the Eastern Sierras

We just finished up fieldwork around Mono Lake in eastern California. Mono Lake is an alkaline lake with a pH similar to that of milk of magnesia. The lake is about 3 times saltier than the ocean. We are here to understand how these chemical properties of the lake result in naturally high uranium concentrations. The lake has carbonate tufa towers that form where fresh spring water interacts with the carbon-rich lake water.  

 View of Mono Lake from the south shore. 

View of Mono Lake from the south shore. 

 Noah Jemison (University of Illinois) hunting for springs on the north shore of Mono Lake

Noah Jemison (University of Illinois) hunting for springs on the north shore of Mono Lake