Dead trees are welcome perches to migratory birds who travel through the Salton Sea.
The Salton Sea Basin is an eight thousand square mile closed sub-sea level basin in the low desert of southern California.
Up until 1905 the Salton Sea basin was a vast dry lake which had held water several times in the past thousand years. In 1905 after an abnormally heavy winter season of rainfall and then snowmelt the man made Imperial Valley dike was breached. The flow from the Colorado River took nearly two years to be controlled. The result was todays Salton Sea.
The Salton Sea continues to shrink due to evaporation. The water which is left is ever more saline.
The major causes are believed to be the ever increasing salinity pollution from Mexico via the New River and agricultural runoff from the surrounding farmland on the southern end of the Sea.
The pollutants include huge quantities of raw sewage industrial waste farm fertilizers and pesticides.
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