Sunset on the Salton Sea: a pictorial

by Joseph Paris

The Salton Sea is a desert saline lake located in the Imperial Valley of California. It was created in 1905 when the Colorado River overflowed and broke through a dam. Approximately fifteen miles wide and thirty-five miles long, the Sea gets its water from agricultural run-off and inflow from rivers and canals. The level of the Sea can change dramatically due to evaporation or changes in run-off. As there is no outflow from the Sea its salinity has surpassed that of the Pacific Ocean. The Sea sits on the Pacific Flyway and draws a wide variety of migratory bird species.

J.L. Paris is an amateur photographer fascinated by nature and all things in decline. Retired, he is kicking and screaming his way into dotage.