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Mecca Beach, Salton Sea, California

April 2019

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The Salton Sea, near Coachella, California is

237 Feet Below Ocean Level
or 238 Below if You prefer

Trip down a 10 mile hill on the way to The Salton Sea April 2019

Trip Up a 10 mile hill leaving The Salton Sea April 2019

   

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Trip from Salton Sea, California to Cochella, California April 2019

 

 

Short history of the Salton Sea

When irrigation canals from the Colorado River jumped their levees near the U.S./Mexico border in 1905 on the desert east of San Diego,
millions of gallons of fresh water spilled into the Salton Trough, historically an arm of the Lower Colorado River Delta at the head of the Gulf of California.

The water filled a trough 45 miles long, 17 miles wide, and 83 feet deep.

The Salton Sea is shrinking. Very litle water makes it to the Salton Sea.

Once known as "America's Riviera" the Sea is drying up.

The Salty water; laying about 100 feet from the former beach fronts, supports only two types of Fish and Trillions of Barnacles.

 

Salton Sea, California April 2019 Start

237 Feet Below Ocean Level

During World War II Amphibious Planes equipped with Pontoons would land in the Salton Sea.
The Barnacles that rode in on the Pontoons had no natural enemies.
In just a few decades Trillions & Trillions of Barnacles lived and died.
You don't walk on sand You walk on Barnacle Shells.

 

The water at the Campground Showers is heated by Solar Panels.
There is only one faucet. On or Off!

Take a shower during a sunny day and You get scaled. Take a shower during the night and You freeze.


 

Salton Sea, California April 2019 End

 

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