Pelicans Sunset Salton Sea

Jo Nijenhuis

Hoorn, Netherlands

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Canon Camera EOS 350D – Sigma Lens 28-300 mm – 1/60 sec – F/5.6
Pelicans at sunset!
The Salton Sea is an inland sealine lake in the Sonoran Desert of extreme southeastern California, USA. It occupies the Salton Basin, a remnant of prehistoric Lake Cahuilla. It is borderded on the south by the rich agricultural areas of the Imperial Valley and on the west, by Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Both the Salton Sea State Recreation Area and the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge are located on its shores.

The 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.

Continued filling of the Salton Sink was finally stopped in 1907, when a line of protective levees was built by boxcars dumping boulders into the breach from Southern Pacific tracks. By then, this inland lake was about 40 miles long and 13 miles wide, covering an area of about 400 square miles.


Pelicans at Sunset


Pelicans at Sunset

Featured in Colors of Water, AMERICA’s National Parks and WILDLIFE Habitat

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