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Soda Lake
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Soda Lake, San Bernardino County, California. Zzyzx and the Desert Studies Center in the foreground.
Location Mojave National Preserve
San Bernardino County, California
Type Endorheic basin
Primary inflows Mojave River
Primary outflows Terminal (evaporation)
Basin countries United States
Max. length 24 km (15 mi)
Max. width 10 km (6.2 mi)
Shore length1 75 km (47 mi)
Surface elevation 288 m (945 ft)
Settlements Baker, California
Zzyzx, California
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Soda Lake (or Soda Dry Lake) is a dry lake at the terminus of the Mojave River in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County, California. The lake has standing water during wet periods, and water can be found beneath the surface.

Soda Lake along with Silver Lake are what remains of the large, perennial, Holocene Lake Mojave. The waters of the lake, now with no outlet, evaporate and leave alkaline evaporites of sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate.

Soda Lake is located on the southern side of Interstate 15, and can be seen at the Zzyzx Road interchange and the Oat Ditch bridge, as well as the Soda Lake bridge (signed as the Mojave River) looking south from the city of Baker.

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