Mono Lake Was Supposed to Have Been Saved From Going Dry. Now, the ‘White Stuff’ Forces a Reckoning

The few who live along the shores of Mono Lake are accustomed to the peculiarities of this high desert basin.

Famously strange limestone spires known as tufa towers rise from the water. The lake contains so much salt that it’s barren of fish. In the arid sands beyond, sagebrush thrives, and that’s about it.