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Dry Soda Lake, Carrizo Plain, California
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© Estate of William A. Garnett

William A. Garnett
American, 1974
Gelatin silver print
13 9/16 x 10 9/16 in.
2000.32.5

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Soda Lake covers an area of about three thousand acres and is one of the dominant features of the Carrizo Plain in San Luis Obispo County. With no outlet, the water evaporates, leaving behind a glistening expanse of carbonate salts that are shaped by strong winds. From above, the strange beauty of these salt deposits resembles flowing lava, and implicit reminder of the powerful forces of fire and ice that formed the earth.