The Student Revolution that Saved Mono Lake

Nora Matell, The Conference of California Historical Societies

This essay, written by a twelfth-grader in California, details the history of Mono Lake conservation. Beginning in 1976, it traces the events that inspired a few college students to form the Mono Lake Committee and to successfully lead a "revolution." As a result of their advocacy, water diversions to Los Angeles have been limited so that the lake may establish equilibrium at 6,392 feet. This paper also addresses issues associated with alkaline and hypersaline lakes.

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Subject: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), General Public, High School (9-12)
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline, Altered by Humans, Alkaline