Salton Sea


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to Salton Sea: Salton Sea State Recreation Area

Salton Sea

(sôl`tən), saline lake, 370 sq mi (958 sq km), northern part of the Imperial Valley, SE Calif.; 232 ft (71 m) below sea level. Salton Sea was formed as the Colorado River delta grew across the Gulf of California, severing the river's northern part. The area was a salt-covered depression known as Salton Sink until 1905, when a flood on the Colorado broke through an irrigation gap in its levee; the river flowed into the sink for two years before being checked. The water level rose due to runoff from surrounding mountains and irrigation systems, but in recent years the sea's size has decreased, its salinity increased, and fertilizer and pesticide pollution grown, harming both fish and bird life as well as the once-thriving tourist trade. A state park and a national wildlife refuge are on its shores; the sea is an important stopping point on the Pacific flyway.

Salton Sea

 

a salt lake in the southwestern part of the United States, in California’s Saltón Trough. It occupies an area of approximately 630 sq km. In especially dry years, the lake exists as a collection of individual pools. The lake’s normal water level is 75 m below sea level, and the maximum depth is 6 m. Saltón Sea was formed through the separation of part of the Gulf of California by the delta of the Colorado River. It is fed by irrigation waters discharged into it from the Imperial Valley, which adjoins the lake on the south.

References in periodicals archive ?
It is certainly our hope that agreeing to this timeline will help the State meet its obligation to avoid an environmental and human health disaster at the Salton Sea, said Sarah Friedman, senior campaign representative with the Sierra Clubs Beyond Coal Campaign.
In addition, because of the high concentrations of metals and pesticides in the sediments of the Salton Sea, the dust from its playa raises toxicity concerns.
Locations at the northern portion of the ring (Stillwater, Malheur, and Modoc) formed one cluster while the Salton Sea population formed the other cluster with intervening populations (Riverside and Los Banos on the western-side of the ring; Arizona and Dixie on the eastern-side of the ring) showing admixture between the two groups (Fig.
The second plan is being undertaken by the Imperial Irrigation District at and around the southern end of the Salton Sea, as part of the Quantification Settlement Agreement Water Transfers.
As recently as the 1950s, desert pupfish were common or abundant in shoreline pools of the Salton Sea (Barlow, 1961; Walker et al.
Located in the desiccated shadow of the Salton Sea (an ecological accident that occurred a century ago, when the Colorado River breached canal barriers and flowed downhill to the Salton Trough lowlands, becoming increasingly saline from farm runoff), the austere Slab City has made a peculiar fluidity possible.
Once known as the California Riviera, the Salton Sea has been called one of America's worst ecological disasters: a fetid, stagnant, salty lake, coughing up dead fish and birds by the thousands.
As the fascinating, quirky 2004 documentary Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (not to be confused with the 2002 Val Kilmer thriller The Salton Sea) makes abundantly clear, America has made a terrible mess in the southern California desert.
We investigated the feeding ecology of tilapia (Oreochromis spp) in the Salton Sea.
VTYC noted that acquisition of a production facility in the Salton Sea area is already underway.
THROW RAG IS FROM SALTON SEA, a wasteland in Southern California that I am sure influenced the guys and made them what they are today, along with life experience, the punk rock, etc, etc, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.
A roughly 400-square-mile body of water created in the middle of the otherwise arid Imperial and Coachella valleys when the Colorado River momentarily overran a poorly built dam, the Salton Sea was, for a brief moment in the 1950s, a prime fishing, bird-watching and vacation destination.