The Mono Basin Ecosystem: Effects of Changing Lake Level

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Mono Basin is a closed hydrologic basin spanning the border between California and Nevada. Los Angeles has been diverting streams since 1941 that normally would flow into Mono Lake. It has been predicted that continued diversion will have major ecological consequences for the natural resources of the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area. This book studies the ecological risk assessment that considers the effects of water diversions on an inland saline lake. It examines the hydrology of the Mono Basin, investigates the lake's physical and chemical systems, studies the biological relationships, and predicts the effects of changes in lake levels on the ecosystem.

About Author

Mono Basin Ecosystem Study Committee, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, National Research Council


1 Front Matter; 2 Executive Summary; 3 1. Introduction; 4 2. Hydrology of the Mono Basin; 5 3. Physical and Chemical Lake System; 6 4. Biological System of Mono Lake; 7 5. Shoreline and Upland Systems; 8 6. Ecological Responses to Changes in Lake Level; 9 Appendix A: Birds of the Mono Basin and Their Ecological Characteristics; 10 Appendix B: Mammals of the Mono Basin and Their Ecological Characteristics; 11 Appendix C: Bibliography; 12 Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780309037778
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780309037778
  • ISBN10: 0309037778

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