Photographer's Note

The Trona Pinnacles consist of tufa--mineral deposits that were left behind 10,000 to 100,000 years ago when this location (at 600 m elevation in what's now the desert) was under a lake and springs below the lake floor emitted mineral-laden water. With the help of algae, these calcium carbonate pinnacles were created. When the lake dried up, the pinnacles remained. They are similar to the tufa deposits that Mono Lake is famous for (see this fine photo by capthaddock) but the Trona pinnacles are much larger (20-40 m high) and there is no water in sight.

A number of movies have been filmed there, including the final battle scene of Star Trek V (which I didn't see, but perhaps some on TE did.)

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Additional Photos by Ken Alexander (kensimage) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1083 W: 39 N: 1167] (8563)
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