Instagram post by @gerdludwig Gerd Ludwig

From the shores of Southern California’s troubled Salton Sea.

As farmers let their fields go fallow in order to sell water to nearby towns, there is now limited agricultural runoff feeding into California's distressed Salton Sea. This decrease in the water supply was exacerbated by last year’s extreme drought conditions in California, leading to serious concerns about the lake's increasing salinity.
The seashore has receded significantly. The fish in the Salton Sea have been nearly wiped out due to oxygen-depleted waters. Massive fish die-offs struck for years with an estimate of 7 million (!!!) fish dying on a single hot day in August of 1999. Then the shoreline was littered with millions of dead fish which eventually rotted away.

Today the white shore of the Salton Sea is made up of a mixture dead barnacles, pulverized fish bones and some real sand.

@thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative #SaltonSea #California #environment #barnacles

35 Comments

  • 11w ago narensees narensees

    ❤👏

  • 11w ago rosalbabog rosalbabog

    😟😭

  • 11w ago d.quinta d.quinta

    I live a few miles from here. 😪 pretty awesome to see some of your work covering an area that hits so close to home 😊

  • 11w ago budasights budasights

    @hedgemon

  • 11w ago dbleizeffer dbleizeffer

    Wow

  • 11w ago brent.alex brent.alex

    Been there and was attacked by thousands of flies. Smelled like shit, the whole place.

  • 11w ago katerina.thornburgh katerina.thornburgh

    😭😵

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  • 11w ago fxb333 fxb333

    @ataprecisemomentgram

  • 11w ago k.r.elam k.r.elam

    7,000,000!!!!!!!!! In ONE day!!!!!! Apart from the horrifying cost to fish and other aquatic life as well as to migratory birds, aren’t we now at risk of poisoning the air we breathe as the water disappears leaving dried residue from agricultural chemical run-off residue that is then scattered by wind?

  • 11w ago durianloverandcarambola durianloverandcarambola

    Splendid! Unusual and unexpected colour combination😮👍

  • 11w ago mishezka mishezka

    Whoa!!

  • 11w ago strwbry_tishy strwbry_tishy

    @k.r.elam yes, air quality is horrible. It smells like ammonia during the summer. It’s awful.

  • 11w ago strwbry_tishy strwbry_tishy

    I used to live 1/2 a mile from the shore on the west shores of the sea. The sunrises are AMAZING! I would go running along the shore thru those dried barnacles and fish bones. It’s an incredible workout because you would sink about 6” into it. I miss it so much. What I don’t miss is the flies and the smell of ammonia mixed with boiled eggs in the summer.

  • 11w ago lara.mik90 lara.mik90

    And then Climate Change doesn't exist, or so said mr President....

  • 11w ago annexious03 annexious03

    Amazing! 👍😍

  • 11w ago brunolenze brunolenze

    On the way to East Jesus...

  • 11w ago candiceyvette candiceyvette

    @flotakesphotos I love stories about Salton Sea.

  • 11w ago beach_pebbles beach_pebbles

    My favorite place in the world 💙 Thank you for presenting accurate information of our beautiful Sea

  • 11w ago rachelebultrowicz rachelebultrowicz

    @tonyahardway Read!

  • 11w ago elegantartista elegantartista

    💚

  • 11w ago htschwimmer htschwimmer

    So gorgeous.

  • 11w ago instaaglam instaaglam

    Since the Sea was created by a manmade accident (shoddy irrigation from the Colorado River), is there a contingent of people who would like to see the area reclaimed by the original desert? This sort of discussion has been a subject of division in the Sacramento River Delta, which some environmentalists want to revert from agricultural land to wetlands.

  • 11w ago nicolecroco nicolecroco

    💛💛📷📷

  • 11w ago tasminparry tasminparry

    😢

  • 11w ago pj57jewelry pj57jewelry

    💖

  • 11w ago dapperland dapperland

    🙌🙌🙌🙌

  • 10w ago dominicdone dominicdone

    So beautiful

  • 10w ago beach_pebbles beach_pebbles

    My favorite place in the world.Thank you for sharing 💙

  • 10w ago landonrosa landonrosa

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  • 10w ago 100yardspub 100yardspub

    Очень 👏

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