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Salton Sea Swan Song
    © Stuart Palley/zReportage.com via ZUMA (bios)
The Salton Sea, California's largest lake by volume, exists entirely by an engineering accident in the early 1900's. Low down in the Colorado Desert nestled in the Imperial and Coachella Valleys is the Salton Sea. The Mexican frontier calls to the south and the oasis of Palm Springs sits to the north. Surrounded by mountains to the east and the west, the Salton Sea is an accidental manmade geographic feature quite unmatched anywhere in the US. The lake is the result of mankind’s folly and arrogance, a quest for domination over the natural landscape. A century after its formation, the Salton Sea’s slow death has accelerated with drought and changes in water usage and management. With California’s current extreme drought, the effects are even more pronounced. Towns along the shore have suffered economically. 'Worsening air quality and the loss of valuable ecological habitat - combined with diminished recreational revenue and property devaluation' are the immediate threats, according to a study released by the Pacific Institute. Preserving the troubled Salton Sea will not be easy, but simply letting it deteriorate could cost even more.
Salton Sea Swan Song
    © Stuart Palley/zReportage.com via ZUMA (bios)
The Salton Sea, California's largest lake by volume, exists entirely by an engineering accident in the early 1900's. Low down in the Colorado Desert nestled in the Imperial and Coachella Valleys is the Salton Sea. The Mexican frontier calls to the south and the oasis of Palm Springs sits to the north. Surrounded by mountains to the east and the west, the Salton Sea is an accidental manmade geographic feature quite unmatched anywhere in the US. The lake is the result of mankind’s folly and arrogance, a quest for domination over the natural landscape. A century after its formation, the Salton Sea’s slow death has accelerated with drought and changes in water usage and management. With California’s current extreme drought, the effects are even more pronounced. Towns along the shore have suffered economically. 'Worsening air quality and the loss of valuable ecological habitat - combined with diminished recreational revenue and property devaluation' are the immediate threats, according to a study released by the Pacific Institute. Preserving the troubled Salton Sea will not be easy, but simply letting it deteriorate could cost even more.