|Eastern Mojave Vegetation||Owens Lake, Inyo County, California.|
See also: Cerro Gordo.
Owens (dry) Lake was a perennial lake at the terminus of the Owens River throughout historic time; the lake held water continuously, and at times overflowed to the south, for at least the last 800,000 years . During the late 1800ís and early 1900ís the lake fluctuated between about 7-15 m deep and had an area of about 280 km2, depending on drought conditions and irrigation diversions; the irrigation withdrawals were large enough to desiccate the lake eventually. Steamboats hauled ore across the lake from mines in the Inyo Range. Water was first diverted from the Owens River to the City of Los Angeles in 1913, and by 1926 Owens Lake was dry.
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Date and time this article was prepared:1:04:56 PM, 10/17/2014.