Salton Sea: Aquafornia Water Word of the Week
According to an excerpt from Aquapedia, “Southern California’s Salton Sea—approximately 232 feet (70 m) below sea level—is the by-product of a manmade accident. In 1905, the Colorado River broke through a series of dikes, flooding a salty basin known as the Salton Sink in the Imperial Valley and forming the Salton Sea in what had been an ancient lake bed. The river filled the basin to create one of the world’s largest inland seas.”
To learn more about the Salton Sea, Aquapedia lists a variety of useful resources. Among the related offerings from the Foundation are the “Layperson’s Guide to the Colorado River,” “Maintaining a Fragile Alliance: Colorado River Water Users and the QSA, River Report,” the Colorado River Water Map, and the documentary, “High Stakes at Salton Sea,” hosted by Val Kilmer.
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