The Salton Sea, located in southeastern California, sits 220 feet below sea level and was created in 1905 when a levee broke along the Colorado River. The sea has no natural outlet, so cycles of evaporation and runoff have resulted in extremely high salinity levels.

Today various efforts are being considered to reduce the sea's salinity because it provides an important habitat for millions of fish and migratory birds. One idea is using enhanced evaporation systems that would vaporize the water into a fine mist, which would quickly evaporate and leave only salt behind. The process is repeated continuously and salt is slowly removed from the water.

 

 

Chad Vander Veen  |  Associate Editor