Pinnacle Moon Rise

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Photo by Scott Haefner: Pinnacle Moon Rise

More than 500 tufa spires rise up from the basin of the ancient Searles Lake bed 10-miles south of Trona, a depressed mining town. Similar to Mono Lake, these tufa towers formed underwater as calcium carbonate precipitated out of the water over time, only to be exposed later as the lake bed dried up. The towers range in age from 10,000 - 100,000 years old.

Countless movies and commercials have been filmed out here.

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