Mono Basin and Hot Creek Area

Most of the towers at the South Tufa Area are between 200 and 900 years old. Tufa can grow up to an inch a year. We know this because in the 1960s the Navy left a bunch of junk at Navy Beach near here, and as the lake receded in the early 1980s, some of that junk was exposed. A metal drum was found on the bottom of the lake with several inches of tufa growing on top of it.