Mono Basin and Hot Creek Area

The simple ecosystem of Mono Lake is quite vulnerable. If Mono Lake Brine Shrimp become extinct, the Eared Grebe population would be severely affected. Phalaropes would be severely affected if Alkali Flies become extinct. At the bottom of the chain are the bacteria that decompose the brine shrimp that die after eating algae. The Alpine ecosystem is also quite vulnerable, less so than the complex forest ecosystem.