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Mono Lake Tufas

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 4 December 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Today, scientists have announced the discovery in Mono Lake of a new microscopic lifeform which thrives on arsenic. I decided to dig back in the archives and look for a photo of the tufas. I think it looks like a pretty likely place for such an alien lifeform, don't you?

NIKON D80 1/4 second F/16.0 ISO 320 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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xavshot from Lucenay, France

Bonjour Barbara
Le paysage est magnifique. On se croirait sur une autre planète. Belle image.

4 Dec 2010 6:54am

corpusmind from Besançon, France

Where is Luke Skywalker ?

4 Dec 2010 8:32am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Very strange secretions. This gives a very beautiful image well composed

4 Dec 2010 9:50am

David from Detroit, United States

Watch out! I saw in the news that NASA discovered arsenic-eating bacteria in the lake! If there is any spot in the world to find something unique, Mono Lake is it! You've captured some strange formations.

4 Dec 2010 3:27pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

What else could possibly survive in a weird place like that?
Damn fine shot :-)

4 Dec 2010 7:29pm

guillaume from Paris, France

very interesting place ! great shot !

4 Dec 2010 10:51pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Yes, they do look alien. You had beautiful light for this image, Barbara. I have missed seeing the tufas for the past two summers, but am planning on going there next June for the bird festival. I had heard the story on NPR but did not pick up on the fact that they had found the microbe in Mono Lake, until I got an email from a friend who lives in a neighborhood overlooking the lake outside of Lee Vining.

5 Dec 2010 1:44am

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

Very much so. What a breathtaking location and a superb frame to reveal the beauty of this amazing textural landscape. A gem of a frame.

6 Dec 2010 1:19pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Wow, stunning landscape

7 Dec 2010 8:52pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

this is an amazing location and the colour tones and light you captured here are perfect! one could hardly believe that this is still somewhere on Earth - beautifully captured!

8 Dec 2010 2:28am

1/4 second
ISO 320
27 mm (35mm equiv.)