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Long Valley and Lake Crowley
Upper Owens River, California

-Wikipedia: Long Valley Caldera

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Source of the Owens River

Source of the Owens River

This unimpressive series of springs along the base of a lava flow constitute the actual source of the Owens River

near Big Springs Campground, Inyo National Forest, California

Date photographed: July 29, 2015
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Big Springs on the Owens River

Big Springs on the Owens River

The Owens River, source of most of Los Angeles' precious water supply, begins with this little stream.

Big Springs Campground, Inyo National Forest, California

Date photographed: July 29, 2015
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Big Springs Campground at the source of the Owens River

Big Springs Campground at the source of the Owens River

This idyllic campsite (#22) in the Big Springs Campground, is directly above the little gorge where the Owens River is born.

Big Springs Campground, Inyo National Forest, California

Date photographed: October 13, 2015
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Arcularius Ranch pastures in Long Valley

Arcularius Ranch pastures in Long Valley

Most of the floor of Long Valley is flat and marshy, pasture irrigated by diversions from the Owens River. The Arcularius Ranch controls exclusive access to two miles of prime trout fishing on the upper Owens River.

Long Valley near Mammoth, California

Date photographed: July 29, 2015
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Little Hot Creek hot springs

Little Hot Creek hot springs

A night spent at Little Hot Creek was a memorable part of the University of California Berkeley geography field trips that I led.

Long Valley near Mammoth, California

Date photographed: July 29, 2015
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Hot spring soaking pool at Little Hot Creek

Hot spring soaking pool at Little Hot Creek

Hot water is diverted from springs in the bed of the creek and cooled to a reasonable (and safe) temperature in the soaking tub.

Long Valley near Mammoth, California

Date photographed: July 29, 2015
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Little Hot Creek Marsh

Little Hot Creek Marsh

Water from the hot springs spreads out in the marshy pastures downstream until it reaches the Owens River.

Long Valley near Mammoth, California

Date photographed: July 29, 2015
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Hot Creek below the hot springs

Hot Creek below the hot springs

Hot creek flows down from the hot springs to disperse in the meadows on the floor of Long Valley.

Long Valley near Mammoth, California

Date photographed: July 29, 2015
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Benton Crossing of the Owens River

Benton Crossing of the Owens River

Pastures flank the Owens River as it crosses the flat floor of Long Valley towards Lake Crowley.

Long Valley near Mammoth, California

Date photographed: July 29, 2015
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