Alkali Lake (Oregon)
|Location||Lake County, Oregon|
|Lake type||seasonal, alkali|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface elevation||4,332 ft (1,320 m)|
Alkali Lake is a geographic sink in Lake County, Oregon, United States. It is in the Alkali Subbasin of the Summer Lake Basin watershed in southeastern Oregon, located 26 miles east of Christmas Valley, Oregon, northeast of Lake Abert, to the immediate west of Abert Rim and Highway 395.
Alkali Lake is thought to have reached a prehistoric maximum depth of 270.7 feet (82.5 meters) and covered about 1448.4 square miles (2,331 square kilometers). Since then, its water level has varied, with a drying trend. Notable features include dissolved alkaline salts averaging 10% of total brine weight in its seasonal waters and a nearby chemical disaster, Alkali Lake Chemical Waste Dump.
Plants known to occur in the dunes immediately north of the lake include:
- Buckwheat Family
- Goosefoot Family
- Mustard Family
- Evening-primrose family
- Parsley Family
- Phlox Family
- Borage Family
- Sunflower Family
This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Alkali Lake has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.
- US Fish & Wildlife Service website
- McArthur, p. 10
- Climate Summary for Alkali Lake (Oregon)
- McArthur, Lewis A. Oregon Geographic Names, Fourth ed. 1974. Edwards Brothers. Ann Arbor, MI
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Field Office
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