Salton Sea: Abandoned, camping, geology, Salvation Mountain, and more
The Salton Sea is an incongruous sight: a huge body of water in the middle of a desert. And with good reason. California's largest lake was created purely by accident in 1905 when floodwaters from the Colorado River burst past a series of dams and settled in a naturally salty depression more than 228 feet below sea level. Ever since, the lake has been a Southern California oasis, rich in wildlife. Its future, however, is in doubt.

The Salton Sea was once a popular place for boating, swimming, fishing, etc., but an increase in the salt level of the water caused large numbers of fish to die and the water became foul. This, in addition to a couple of hurricanes in the 1970's, caused the communities surrounding the sea to deteriorate.

While there are several people that still live around the Sea today - and places like Salton City have been mostly cleared of abandoned buildings - many Salton Sea communities are still littered with abandoned and decaying trailers, marinas, houses, etc.

These days there are NOT that many dead fish on the shores - in fact, on doesn't really smell dead fish around the shores anymore.

The Sea itself is technically safe to swim in. The lake is NOT polluted with sewage, rather there are times of year when the decaying algae blooms give off a surfer odor which only smells like sewage. I must say, again, that the smell from the lake has actually been decent lately.

Visit the Salton Sea State Recreation Area:

Save the Salton Sea before it's too late:

Want to learn more about the Salton Sea? Check out following videos:

* Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea

* Past Pleasures at the Salton Sea

You can purchase the DVDs here:

Or, you can rent via the first title via NetFlix:

Check out my Salton Sea videos on YouTube:

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