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Mono Basin (3 photos)
by Gary Larsen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C:  W: 73 N: 105] (437)

The Mono Basin covers 695 square miles of arid lands east of the towering slope of the Sierra Nevada. On the east, north, and south are much lower mountain ranges and hills formed by relict volcanoes. Mono Lake is an oasis in the dry Great Basin and a vital habitat for millions of migratory and nesting birds. The lake covers an area of about 70 square miles and reaches a maximum depth of about 150 feet, but averages about 60 feet in depth.