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Sand Tufa Arena (1994)

An arena of sand tufas capped with limestone at Navy Beach on the south shore of Mono Lake, California.

You can easily find a business of flies and a troupe of shrimps at Mono Lake. But an official collective noun for sand tufas doesn’t seem to exist. I’ve therefore decided to call it an arena, from the Latin word for “sand” or “sandy area.” The English sense of a sports or entertainment venue derives from the Roman practice of staging gladiatorial fights and other blood sports— their favorite form of entertainment— on sand in the center of an amphitheatre, for obvious practical reasons.


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