Black Rock Lake

Category: Nature

 

Photo and caption by Grant Kaye

Greg Martin wades out into the ephemeral Black Rock Lake that fills Nevada's Black Rock Desert every spring. Snowmelt rushes down and spreads water across the normally parched desert floor, releasing tens of millions of prehistoric triops longicaudatus ("tadpole shrimp"). These living fossils hatch from eggs which can lie dormant in the alkaline playa for up to 20 years, and provide local birds with a feast.

Location: Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA

 

More Nature Entries »

 
  1. Get your own stones!

    By Tim Fisher

  2. Gentoo penguin seemingly picking up a tourist.

    By Tim Fisher

  3. What's It All About?

    By Dawn Nelson