We are kicking off the work week with the Trona Pinnacles, one of the most unique landscapes in the California Desert.
The area consists of more than 500 tufa (calcium carbonate) pinnacles rising from the bed of the Searles Dry Lake basin. These tufa spires, some as high as 140 feet, were formed underwater 10,000 to 100,000 years ago when Searles Lake formed a link in an interconnected chain of Pleistocene lakes stretching from Mono Lake to Death Valley.
When visiting this area you will understand why more than 30 movies and commercials are filmed here every year. Ideally suited for science fiction backdrops Star Trek V, Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes and Battlestar Galactica were all shot here.
Visit the BLM Ridgecrest Field Office to #DiscoverTheDesert yourself.
Photos by Bob Wick, BLM