Mojave National Preserve, California


Marine creatures fossilized in limestone, indicative of a time when seas covered the Mojave National Preserve, and the salt pans from an evaporating Soda Lake demonstrate the vast expanse and change of the Preserve’s ecosystem through water. What once covered most of eastern Mojave, both Lake Mojave and Mojave River, which fed Soda Lake, now form startling dry lakes and dry riverbeds known as playas and arroyos. As rainfall evaporated, the remaining alkaline deposits formed a startling white surface against the dry, brown background at the playas of Soda Lake. 

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