Mineral-encrusted rocks in the foreground of a still lake with snowy mountains against the horizon.
Panorama from the Mono Lake South Tufa Area. Photo credit: Dr. Philipp Ruprecht, UNR faculty member.

The Mono Basin hosting the lake is bound on the western side by the Eastern Sierra Nevada (snowy range in the background). In Pleistocene times, Mono Lake, then called Lake Russell, extended to much greater elevations with prominent Gilbert deltas exposed within the eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevada

2023 Cordilleran Section Meeting