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Mar 5, 2013 - a strange place

The Salton Sea is an incongruous sight; a huge blue lake in the middle of the desert, lies 226 feet below sea level about an hour north of the Mexican border. Many eons ago this lake was a natural phenomenon in such a low spot which came and went as the rainfall amounts changed. In 1900 it was created once again when a canal project which was supposed to bring irrigation water from the Colorado River into the area misfired big time and the water poured in for eighteen months until new dikes and canals were completed. Generally the lake is...

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Feb 1, 2008 - Salton Sea National Wildlife Preserve

We took a ride to the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, which is a birder's paradise. We also wanted to see the Salton Sea. This body of water was formed in 1905 by the flooding of the Colorado River. It was fresh water then, but is now 25% more salty than the Pacific Ocean because of evaporation. The scenery and the birds were beautiful, as you can see from the pictures.

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