Pyramid Lake is the remnant of an Ancient Sea. Its tufa formations are highly porous, sedimentary rock (limestone) composed of calcium carbonate, CaCO3. The Pyramid is 400 feet tall and there are many other remnants of large tufa outcroppings along the entire shoreline. Pyramid Lake weather can change in a minute. You can be walking the beach and enjoying a beautiful day and a dust storm can blow in and blind you with dust. The Lake sits on the Paiute Indian Reservation and is home to the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. I enjoy going out to Pyramid because it can be a very peaceful and spiritual place only an hour away from the Reno. This particular day was full of different kinds of weather: dust storms,smooth water, and sunrise and sunsets that glow from the desert dust in the air. It’s an ever-changing lake that the Truckee River flows into and water levels can change significantly due to drought. This happens to be a draught year. One of the worst since I moved here in 2006. Low levels of snow in the Sierras make for a trickle on the Truckee and hence the larger shoreline from little rain and snow, including lake Tahoe. We need to conserve water, not just in the Desert, but everywhere, because it WILL affect our future generations.
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