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Salton Sea

Shop my collection of Salton Sea photographs and buy art prints on fine art papers, metal, canvas, acrylic and more. The Salton Sea is California's biggest lake and though it was once a popular vacation spot it now faces many ecological issues as it drys up. 

The Salton Sea is located mainly in Imperial and Riverside counties in the Salton Sink area of the Colorado Desert of Southern California. Positioned over the San Andreas Fault, the Salton Sea is an endorheic rift lake which continues to dry up, becoming shallower each year. This environment currently faces multiple ecological issues. The main sources of water for the Salton Sea are agricultural runoffs, the Alamo, New and Whitewater Rivers and other drainage systems. Due to the limited flow of new water into the lake and the continued evaporation, the salinity of the lake has increased to roughly 56 grams per liter. At this level, the Salton Sea is saltier than the ocean. The more salt in the water, the less oxygen there is. This is why so many dead fish can be found washed ashore, as there is not enough oxygen in the water for them to stay alive. As the water levels reseed, more dry lake bed is exposed causing air quality concerns for Chochella valley as well as other surrounding areas, along with bad odors. An increase in children's asthma is on the rise due to the polluted air. Unless measures are taken, things will only get worse as more of the lake dries up over the coming years.   

I find the Salton Sea an interesting place to visit and photograph. I was able to see first hand the effects of the issues that face the lake. The beach was covered with fish bones and flies swarmed around me 24/7. In its own way, the Salton Sea is beautiful. It's fascinating to see all the birds, with over 400 documented species being sighted at the Salton Sea. On future visits, I hope to spot some rare birds since the lake is a resting stop on the Pacific Flyway. I quite enjoyed the golden sun set behind the surrounding mountains and hope my photos can add some desert warmth to all who view them.  

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