|Eastern Mojave Vegetation||Minaret Summit, Mono County, California.|
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).
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Date and time this article was prepared:5:07:17 PM, 3/17/2023.