Salton Sea Revisited

Recently I got a chance to head back to the Salton Sea out in the Colorado desert of Southern California.

The Salton Sea is a saline, endorheic rift lake located directly on the San Andreas Fault in Southern California. It is approximately 3 hours southeast of Los Angeles off the 10 freeway, 60 miles past Palm Springs. The deepest area of the sea is 5 ft (1.5 m) higher than the lowest point of Death Valley. It is located below sea level, with the current surface of the Salton Sea at 226 ft (69 m) below sea level. The sea is fed by the New, Whitewater, and Alamo rivers, as well as a number of minor agricultural drainage systems and creeks.

In the 1920s, the Salton Sea developed into a tourist attraction, because of its water recreation, and waterfowl attracted to the area.The Salton Sea has had some success as a resort area, with Salton City, Salton Sea Beach, and Desert Shores on the western shore and Desert Beach, North Shore, and Bombay Beach built on the eastern shore in the 1950s.The lack of an outflow means that the Salton Sea is a system of accelerated change. Variations in agricultural runoff cause fluctuations in water level (and flooding of surrounding communities in the 1950s and 1960s), and the relatively high salinity of the inflow feeding the Sea has resulted in ever increasing salinity.

It is because of this high salinity that Salton Sea makes a great photographic destination for people (like me) who are into abandoned photography, The salt on the ground is slowly eating whats left of the structures on top of it, it is as result of this that trailers and other ares that once populated humans are now being slowly devoured by the ground, this makes for some interesting photographic opportunities.

Some info sourced from wikipedia.

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