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Feb 12, 2016 - The Salton Sea

We planned on staying at the Salton Sea for a full week...but the horrible smell drove us out! The Sea is slowing dying because more evaporation happens from the Sea than fresh water entering. The major reason is the severe drought that California has been experiencing for quite a few years. The only fish that can live in the salty water is the Tilapia; all other freshwater fish have died off. But, as the water recedes, the Tilapia are also dying...the smell is overwhelming...much like a vault or pit toilet! One of the cool things about...

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Feb 23, 2012 - Salton Sea

We had a fun excursion today with Mike & Connie. We drove out to see the Salton Sea, checking out the Visitor Center and walking on the stinky beach. There are dead fish on the shoreline and lots of sea birds. We read all about how the Salton Sea was formed, and the history of the area, as well as the animals that are indigenous to the area. “One of the world's largest inland seas and lowest spots on earth at -227 below sea level, Salton Sea was re-created in 1905 when high spring flooding on the Colorado River crashed the canal gates...

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Mar 19, 2010 - Tour Day

Another side trip, off first to Salvation Mountain. Here along with Slab City, both located on and old abandoned military base, are persons who have for the better lack of description, taken up “squatter’s rights” and claimed the land to live on. To occupy the time, a 79 year old “sculptor” has and continues to build his monument using hay bales plastered with adobe and hundreds of gallons of paint. Others in Slab City, who obviously have time on their hands also, create various contraptions. This is not a “real” city, but the residents...

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Dec 9, 2008 - The Salton Sea

This is one of the most bizarre places in California. Lying 228 feet below sea level, The Salton Sea was formed in 1905 by a disastrous breakdown of badly constructed irrigation canals. Irrigation and rain water ran unchecked for 2 years but with no outlet to the sea, water collected in this depression. Over the years the cycle of run-off and evaporation resulted in a high concentration of salt. The remarkable consequence of this unique biology is that it became a great birding site with the birds feeding on the equally large population of...

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