The Salton Sea

This is the Salton Sea an inland ‘man-made’ salt-lake, located in Southern California. It usually covers a surface area of 974 square kilometres (although it varies a lot), making it the largest lake in California. It was formed in 1905 when heavy rainfall caused the Colorado River to breach a dike, and it took nearly two years to finally control the river’s flow into the Salton Sink and stop the flooding. Bodies of water which have existed here in the past have always evaporated, but the Salton Sea is constantly replenished by runoff from surrounding agricultural communities, sustaining…

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