Eastern Mojave Vegetation Sand tufa at Navy Beach.  
 

 

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  California, Mono County, Mono Lake, Navy Beach, Sand Tufa
Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

Sand tufa is formed when fresh water springs percolate through the sandy lake bed of an alkaline lake. Contact with the alkaline salts cause calcium carbonate in the fresh water to precipitate in the sand. If the lake level drops, the uncemented sand can be eroded away, either by water or wind, leaving the sand tufa behind.

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