Niland Beach is near Bombay Beach which is located on the east shore of the Salton Sea and like many communities along its shores, Bombay Beach has had to contend with fluctuating water levels. A berm now protects the west end of the town, but a portion of the town beyond the berm is either submerged or is half-buried in mud.The town of Bombay Beach is located in Southern California’s Sonoran Desert. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all land. Bombay Beach marks the southern end of the San Andreas Fault. One Interesting thing I heard about Bombay beach recently is that while its commonly known that B29 bombers in World War II would run test exercises over the Salton Sea in what would be practice for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Bombay beach supposedly got its name because it was at that point in the sky above in which the aircraft would open its “bomb bay” doors in preparation for dropping the dummy bombs on targets in the water just to the west of this shot. This is not something I can confirm, whether it is true or folklore it certainly is an interesting story.