Soda Lake (San Bernardino County)

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Soda Lake
Soda Lake 030913.JPG
Soda Lake, San Bernardino County, California. Zzyzx and the Desert Studies Center in the foreground.
Location Mojave National Preserve
San Bernardino County, California
Coordinates 35°09′55″N 116°04′17″W / 35.16519°N 116.07142°W / 35.16519; -116.07142Coordinates: 35°09′55″N 116°04′17″W / 35.16519°N 116.07142°W / 35.16519; -116.07142
Type Endorheic basin
Primary inflows Mojave River
Primary outflows Terminal (evaporation)
Basin countries United States
Max. length 24 km (15 mi)
Max. width 10 km (6.2 mi)
Shore length1 75 km (47 mi)
Surface elevation 288 m (945 ft)
Settlements Baker, California
Zzyzx, California
References U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Soda Lake
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Soda Lake is a dry lake at the terminus of the Mojave River in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County, California. The lake has standing water during wet periods, and water can be found beneath the surface.

Soda Lake along with Silver Lake are what remains of the large, perennial, Holocene Lake Mojave. The waters of the lake, now with no outlet, evaporate and has left alkaline evaporites of sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate.

Soda Lake is located on the southern side of Interstate 15, and can be seen at the Zzyzx Road interchange and the Oat Ditch bridge, as well as the Soda Lake bridge (signed as the Mojave River) looking south from Baker.

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References

  • USGS (13 January 2004). "Mojave National Preserve: Soda Lake". Geology in the National Parks. U.S. Department of the Interior. Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  • Philip Stoffer (14 January 2004). "Changing Climates and Ancient Lakes" (.html). Desert Landforms and Surface Processes in the Mojave National Preserve and Vicinity. Open-File Report 2004-1007 (USGS, US Department of the Interior). Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  • Philip Stoffer (14 January 2004). "The Mojave River and Associated Lakes" (.html). Desert Landforms and Surface Processes in the Mojave National Preserve and Vicinity. Open-File Report 2004-1007 (USGS, US Department of the Interior). Retrieved 2009-09-12. 

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