An alien landscape in Southern California. The mixture of extreme salinity, a high concentration of nutrients from agricultural run offs, algae pigmentation and pollutants turn the water in areas that were once part of the Salton Sea into a bright orange color.
A victim of geography and hard-ball politics, the Salton Sea is California’s largest, most troubled lake. It lies 227 feet below sea level with no outlets and very thirsty neighbors, including a billion dollar farm economy in the bone-dry Imperial Valley, more than 100 golf courses in the adjacent Coachella Valley, and salt laden wetlands hosting a menagerie of wildlife in growing crisis.
With two feeder rivers and no outlet, the water level depends on evaporation, which in return increases the Salton Sea’s salinity. Now a concern is looming. Already 30% saltier than the Pacific Ocean, the salinity in the Salton Sea is expected to further increase, potentially killing all of its life and turning it into a biologically dead sea.
Over the last 15 years I have made numerous trips to the Salton Sea, photographing for @natgeo, German Geo, for personal projects, and teaching photo workshops on location there.
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