Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Mono Lake: Brine Shrimp Everywhere!

On our recent trip to San Diego and Scripps Institute of Oceanography, we made a quick stop at Mono Lake's South Beach to view the tufa formations. I had been to Mono Lake a number of times, but never in the summer months. I was amazed at the number of brine shrimp along the shorelines. The shrimp is an ample food supply for the number of birds populating the area. Brine shrimp used in a marine aquarium has little nutritional value, but is often used to entice new additions to eat. Mono Lakes ph is over 10 and the specific gravity is an astonishing 80.8 parts per thousand (1.060 sp), where natural sea water is at about 35 ppt.

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