Days Fifty-Two through Fifty-Four
Trip Start Oct 27, 2004
120Trip End Ongoing
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Salton Sea was accidentally created when a 1905 effort to divert the Colorado River for agricultural purposes went awry creating a 360 square mile lake that is today 35 miles long, 15 miles wide, and because of the natural salinity of the basin it flooded it is saltier than the Pacific Ocean. Many people lost their homes as a result of the flood but the upside is that Southern California has a great state park and the Salton Sea today benefits more than 350 species birds and has replaced wetlands lost to agricultural and industrial development.