The Trona Pinnacles is one of the most unusual geological features in the California Desert Conservation Area. The unusual landscape consists of more than 500 tufa spires, some as high as 140 feet, rising from the bed of the Searles Lake. The pinnacles vary in size and shape from short and squat to tall and thin, and are composed primarily of calcium carbonate (tufa) that formed underwater. They now sit isolated and slowly crumbling away near the south end of the valley, surrounded by many square miles of flat, dried mud and with stark mountain ranges at either side.
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Red Mountain Arsenic Remediation

"BLM provides alternate route for public safety at Rand Mountain" (news release, 6/27/07)

News Release (5/22/06) pertaining to the open house addressing the recently discovered high levels of arsenic in the Red Mountain community.

Karl Ford's presentation at the May 31, 2006, open house addressing the arsenic levels and remediation. (large file 4.72mb)

News Release -- BLM Teams Up With Federal Health Agency to Provide Arsenic Information.

Open House September 30, 2008

Q & A's

To answer your questions related to arsenic, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry provides more detailed information.