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Thomas Canty
Salton Sea
12/16/04, 10:14pm
I spent the day at the Salton Sea today, south of Palm Springs. I was surprised at the size of that body of water! I never realized it was so big. It's much larger than Lake Tahoe, though nowhere near as deep (it's only about 50 feet at the deepest point). I was also surprised to find out it is at 228' below sea level. That's not all that far from the elevation at Badwater in Death Valley.

I'd seen the Salton Sea a number of times from the summits of the mountains in the San Jacinto Wilderness, so I figured it was time to head out there and take a closer look. I also wanted to try to get some bird pictures at the National Wildlife Refuge areas at the southern end of the sea, but the birds just weren't cooperating today. I got a few so-so pictures, but nothing that really stands out.

The Salton Sea sure smells, too! It reminded me of the last time I visited Mono Lake...

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12/17/04, 5:23am
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>I spent the day at the Salton Sea today, south of Palm
>Springs. I was surprised at the size of that body of water! I
>never realized it was so big. It's much larger than Lake
>Tahoe, though nowhere near as deep (it's only about 50 feet at
>the deepest point). I was also surprised to find out it is at
>228' below sea level. That's not all that far from the
>elevation at Badwater in Death Valley.
>
>I'd seen the Salton Sea a number of times from the summits of
>the mountains in the San Jacinto Wilderness, so I figured it
>was time to head out there and take a closer look. I also
>wanted to try to get some bird pictures at the National
>Wildlife Refuge areas at the southern end of the sea, but the
>birds just weren't cooperating today. I got a few so-so
>pictures, but nothing that really stands out.
>
>The Salton Sea sure smells, too! It reminded me of the last
>time I visited Mono Lake...

Our old buddy Huell Howser did a piece on the Salton Sea awhile back. Interesting place..used to be a celebrity playground but I guess that now the locals are pissed that the water that used to come from the Colorado is down to a trickle. I believe he also said something about a movement to bring the place "back", but I don't remember where that ended up.

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12/17/04, 10:52am
>Our old buddy Huell Howser did a piece on the Salton Sea
>awhile back. Interesting place..

I haven't seen that one. Actually, I haven't managed to catch Huell's show in a couple months. I just never seem to be home when it's on...

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12/17/04, 3:24pm
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>Our old buddy Huell Howser did a piece on the Salton Sea
>awhile back. Interesting place..used to be a celebrity
>playground but I guess that now the locals are pissed that the
>water that used to come from the Colorado is down to a
>trickle. I believe he also said something about a movement to
>bring the place "back", but I don't remember where that ended
>up.

Did Huell tell you how the Salton Sea was formed?

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12/17/04, 4:10pm
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>>Our old buddy Huell Howser did a piece on the Salton Sea
>>awhile back. Interesting place..
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>I haven't seen that one. Actually, I haven't managed to catch
>Huell's show in a couple months. I just never seem to be home
>when it's on...
>

They changed his time to 6:00PM on KCET, I hardly ever get to watch him anymore either. Seems like we are making dinner at that time.

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Thomas Canty
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12/17/04, 5:53pm
>Did Huell tell you how the Salton Sea was formed?

According to a short video they showed in the North Shore Visitor's Center (not a Huell Howser film), the Colorado River flooded or changed course several times over the years, flooding the valley and creating lakes. The present day Salton Sea was accidentally created in 1901 by humans trying to irrigate farmland when things kind of went awry...

By the way, the pictures from yesterday's trip are online now. I was trying to get pictures of the birds in the National Wildlife Refuges, but the birds weren't cooperating, so there aren't many good shots here. http://www.ldphotography.net/Travel/ss1204/

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12/17/04, 5:54pm
>They changed his time to 6:00PM on KCET,

Thanks! I noticed they had changed the time, but hadn't looked into it to see what the new time was...

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12/18/04, 5:32am
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>>Our old buddy Huell Howser did a piece on the Salton Sea
>>awhile back. Interesting place..used to be a celebrity
>>playground but I guess that now the locals are pissed that
>the
>>water that used to come from the Colorado is down to a
>>trickle. I believe he also said something about a movement
>to
>>bring the place "back", but I don't remember where that
>ended
>>up.
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>Did Huell tell you how the Salton Sea was formed?
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Probably..but I ferget

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