Mono Lake – A large, shallow saline soda lake located 13 miles east of Yosemite National Park, near the town of Lee Vining, California. The absence of an outlet causes high levels of salts to accrue in the lake. These salts make the lake water alkaline. This desert lake has a strangely productive ecosystem. For over thirty years the Lake committee is working to protect this Mono Lake from destruction, trying to heal the damaged done in the Mono Basin and to educate people about the importance of environment and wise water usage. Mono Lake is beautiful, reflecting the snow-capped Sierra Nevada in its sparkling blue waters.