Eastern Mojave Vegetation Minaret Summit, Mono County, California.

Query: G.N.I.S.

Howald (1989) points out that “rain shadow” effect is ameliorated in the Mammoth Mountain area because it lies directly east of the Mammoth Pass to Minaret Summit gap [to the San Joaquin River valley], a lower section of the crest where storms pass to the east more quickly, bringing greater amounts of rain and especially snow. Indeed, the ancestral San Joaquin River may have passed this way draining an area at the head of the Walker Basin (and thus the larger Lahontan system), and the Owens River–Death Valley system (and thus, potentially, the Colorado River) westward perhaps to the Pacific Ocean (Phillips, F. M., 2008). It thus holds a unique position as a potential “switching yard” for aquatic species transfers (Reheis et al., 2002).

Elevation: 9265ft, 2824m.

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Literature Referring To This Location:

  • Howald, Ann M. 1989. Vegetation and Flora of the Mammoth Mountain Area. pp. 48-96 in Hall, Clarence A., Jr., Victoria Doyle-Jones, and Barbara Widawski. White Mountain Research Station Symposium. Natural History of Eastern California and High-altitude Research. Volume 3. Bishop, California: University of California, September 1989. {TAS-pdf}
  • Huber, N. King. 1981. Amount and timing of late Cenozoic uplift and tilt of the central Sierra Nevada, California -- Evidence fom the upper San Joaquin River basin. United States Geological Survey Professional Paper. 1197. {TAS-pdf}
  • Phillips, F.M. 2008. Geological and hydrological history of the paleo–Owens River drainage since the late Miocene. pp. 115–150 in Reheis, M.C., Hershler, R., and Miller, D.M.. Late Cenozoic Drainage History of the Southwestern Great Basin and Lower Colorado River Region: Geologic and Biotic Perspectives. Geological Society of America Special Paper 439. Boulder, Colorado: Geological Society of America, 2008. {TAS-pdf} doi: 10.1130/2008.2439(06).
  • Reheis, Marith C., Scott Stine, and Andrei M. Sarna-Wojcicki. 2002. Drainage reversals in Mono Basin during the late Pliocene and Pleistocene. GSA Bulletin. 114(8):991-1006. {TAS-pdf}
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Date and time this article was prepared:9:24:31 AM, 3/21/2017.