Salton Sea State Park
|Not really a sea but in fact is
the largest inland lake in California. It is salty and thus the name.
Salton Sea was formed between 1905 and 1907 when the Colorado River burst
through poorly built irrigation controls south of Yuma, Arizona. Almost
the entire flow of the river filled the Salton Basin for more than a year,
inundating communities, farms and the main line of the Southern Pacific
Railroad. The Salton Sea is currently 35 miles by 15 miles and can be as
long as 40 miles by almost 20 miles wide in particularly wet years. It has an
average depth of 29.9 feet and, at its deepest, is 51 feet.
Presently, the fishing in the Salton Sea is
thriving. Salinity is slightly more than the Pacific Ocean. The current salt
level of the Sea is just slightly higher then the Pacific Ocean but less the
the Great Salt Lake in Utah. If the concentrated salt level of the Sea increases
greater than 44 Parts Per Million (PPM), currently it is 41 PPM., it is expected that all the fish, except the
Tilapia, will cease to reproduce. Tilapia can survive up to 60 PPM..
||Rare tropical storms in 1976
and 1977 caused this trailer park and home area to sink. It is really odd
because some buildings here are partially submerged and others aren't.
They are surrounded by a crust of salt. As the sun evaporates the water,
salt is left.
||I look in wonderment... How
fast did this area sink. Why couldn't they just pull these things out.
This is one of the strangest things I have ever seen. Very surreal....
||Developers envisioned this area
in the late 1950's as a playground that would have summer year round.
Development started at the north end. It was touted as a $2 million marine
paradise with one of the largest marinas in Southern California. This was
the Salton Bay Yacht Club. Boat racing became very popular. The Beach
Boys, Jerry Lewis, and the Marx Brothers were a few that visited the club
or kept boats in the marina.
||At this moment I have not been
able to determine why the people left. But, I am sure I will stumble on
something to shed some light on it yet.