The sad story of Salton Sea begins in 1905, when it was accidentally created by the engineers of the California Development Company. Idea was good, as always, they just perhaps didn’t actually know what they were doing. Wikipedia said it best (and most elegant way): “In an effort to increase water flow into the area for farming, irrigation canals were dug from the Colorado River into the valley. Due to fears of silt buildup, a cut was made in the bank of the Colorado River to further increase the water flow. The resulting outflow overwhelmed the engineered canal, and the river flowed into the Salton Basin for two years, filling the historic dry lake bed and creating the modern sea, before repairs were completed”. Oh crap. Well, now it is the largest lake in California with measures 15 miles (24km) by 35 miles (56km).
“The lake occupies the lowest elevations of the Salton Sink in the Colorado Desert of Imperial and Riverside counties in Southern California. Its surface is 234.0 ft (71.3 m) below sea level. The deepest point of the sea is 5 ft (1.5 m) higher than the lowest point of Death Valley. The sea is fed by the New, Whitewater, and Alamo rivers, as well as agricultural runoff, drainage systems, and creeks.”
Wikipedia continues: “The lake’s salinity, about 54 g/L, is greater than that of the waters of the Pacific Ocean (35 g/L), but less than that of the Great Salt Lake (which ranges from 50 to 270 g/L). The concentration increases by about 1% every year.” You can really see the saltines in the water. There were plenty dead fishes in the shore and they all were dried up like salt fishes are. That’s sad. And because of the poor state of the lake and because its unlivable conditions, the smell is terrible near the water. No wonder the area around the lake has been abandoned. There were a lot of empty lots around, were there has been a house some time ago. The rest of the population still around the neighborhood is trying to sell their house away.
“The Salton Sea 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 town of Niland, is 1.5 miles (3 km) southeast of the sea, as well. “
This is so sad. I hope this and Dust Bowls never happen again because of the stupidity of mankind. Unfortunately I know, that I’m wrong, because I have seen too many ghost towns and heard of the reasons. Will humans ever learn?
As always, there are movies (less or more realistic) witch are either filmed of tells the story of life in Salton Sea.
I am not a stalker -blogs tells more about filmspots in Salton Sea. If you liked any of the films above (or have seen one), check the link out.