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« on: June 13, 2018, 12:15:45 PM »


Very interesting, but sad, article about 'The Salton Sea' a huge lake in California that was created by accident (like most of California) and was a tourist hotspot for decades, (like most of California), but has been drying up and getting too salty, so all the fish are dying and its all becoming an ecological disaster (like most of California).  Now it's a ghost town, (as California is becoming).

A ghost town in the making: How the Salton Sea - California's ‘miracle in the desert’ - went from bustling resort to a stinking 'public health disaster' where the remaining residents choke on toxic dust

The Salton Sea, California's largest lake, was created by accident in 1905 and was transformed into a vacation hotspot by developers who built up the shoreline with resorts, hotels, yacht clubs and more

By the 1950s and 60s thousands flocked to relax at the Salton Sea, including celebrities like Frank Sinatra, but during the 70s tourism declined and the resort towns around the lake were left in disrepair

The lake had a series of problems: there was no way for it to drain, runoff water contaminated with pesticides from nearby farms flowed into and salt levels increased making it saltier than the Pacific Ocean

Plus, it is shrinking - the retreating shoreline has left about 20,000 acres of dry lakebed exposed – which is a growing surface that spews toxic dust into communities that's causing health problems

One in five children in Imperial County suffer from asthma and have lung related illnesses compared with a national average of 1 in 12, according to the latest government data

Dr. Tim Krantz, the recognized authority on the geography of the Salton Sea, said it is a ‘public health disaster’ in the making and that millions could be affected by the toxic dust when heavy winds blow

Last week, voters in California approved a bond measure that will provide $200million in funding to help control the dust in the area by building wetlands, but many residents don't think that's enough



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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2018, 04:01:29 PM »

It's actually next to a bunch of active volcanoes as well, though apparently the last time they erupted was over 2,000 years ago.


From 2012:
"In August, an earthquake swarm shook the nearby town of Brawley. The USGS attributed the temblors to faults in the Brawley Seismic Zone. In September, a sulfurous stench emanated from the Salton Sea and wafted across the Inland Empire. The odor was tentatively linked to a fish die-off, but could also have been caused by volcanic gases, Stock said."
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