Salton Sea

On our way to Palm Springs we stopped at the shore of Salton Sea, a shallow rift lake located predominately in California’s Coachella and Imperial valleys, whose increased salinity resulted in a massive die-out of fish. The biggest eradication of sea life in the Salton Sea was in the late 1990s, when something like over 7 million fish died due to factors such as the extreme salinity of the water, algae, and bacteria. What we saw was nothing of that sort, but the shore we stopped our bus at was still made out of fish bones and dead fish. The stench was almost unbearable. The “accidental” sea, created in 1910, is still today fed only by agricultural runoff from around its area, what means that whatever the farms use to grow their crop is probably still in the water fed to the sea. There is also another factor that adds to this disaster – high temperatures. The Salton Sea evaporates and what stays are green, toxic-looking puddles with dead fish in them. By 2017, the Salton Sea is expectded to “fall off a cliff environmentally” and become a full-on catastrophe.

 

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