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Mt. Kilimanjaro with foreground forest prior to ascent
Drying in the Summer Sun
Snowy Owl
An abstract aerial view of the dying seaweed industry in the Balinese island- Nusa Lembongan.
Through the trees
Officers Row - Fort Hancock
Flood at Uluru
An abstract aerial view of the dying traditional seaweed industry in the Balinese island- Nusa Lembongan.
Causeway over Golden Waters
Foggy Sunrise
Blue Man Roof
An abstract aerial  view of Owns lake, CA.
Hiking Avalanche Trail in Glacier National Park, MT
Snow Covered Trees
Frozen Fall
An abstract aerial view of Trona mining at Owns lake, CA.
Dust control in Owens lake, CA.
wood ducks conversing
Morning Light
A Garden of Color
Bryggen sunset
Bonneville Salt Flats
Dust control in Owens Lake, CA.
17th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
An abstract aerial view of Owns lake, CA.

Owens Lake, a dry lake in the Owens Valley on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada, California, is the largest single source of dust pollution in the United States. The lake held significant water until 1913, when much of the Owens River was diverted into the Los Angeles Aqueduct, causing Owens Lake to desiccate by 1926. A once-vibrant ecosystem that supported expansive bird and plant habitats began disappearing, replaced by a dry lakebed plagued by noxious and almost constant dust storms and turning communities around the lake into ghost towns. The extensive salt accumulation over countless centuries of time, have made Owens dry lake a veritable chemical reservoirs for the extraction operation of a few mining companies. This image shows an abstract overview of the Trona mining industry. Trona, a common source of soda ash, which is a significant economic commodity because of its applications in manufacturing glass, chemicals, paper, detergents, and textiles.The reddish coloration is caused by astronomical numbers of microscopic, salt-loving bacteria, called halobacteria.

TAGS: Aerial, California

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Kiboutz Baram, Israel
Member since 2019
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Copyright:
© Sagy Roitfarb.
All rights reserved.
Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 04.2019
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 27, 2019, 8 p.m.
Camera Make: Hasselblad
Camera Model: L1D-20c
Focal Length: 10.3mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1600
Aperture: f8
ISO: ISO100
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PHOTO LOCATION Owens lake, California, United States of America