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 bright orange. 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.
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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