Friday, July 15, 2011

Salton City, CA.

I have posted the top 3 pictures before, and I just want to re-post again with other 2 bottom pictures. I found this article about the history of the Salton Sea, when I got to this area, I wonder how the hell this lake begins formation.

The story of the Salton begins with the formation of a great shallow depression, or basin which modem explorers have called the Salton Sink. Several million years ago a long arm of the Pacific Ocean extended from the Gulf of California though the present Imperial and Coachella valleys, then northwesterly through the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys. Mountain ranges rose on either side of this great inland sea, and the whole area came up out of the water. Oyster beds in the San Felipe Mountains, on the west side of Imperial Valley are located many hundreds of feet above present sea level. Slowly the land in the central portion settled, and the area south of San Gorgonio Pass sloped gradually down to the Gulf.

If it had not been affected by external forces, it would probably have kept its original contours, but it just so happened that on its eastern side there emptied one of the mightiest rivers of the North American continent the Colorado. The river built a delta across the upper part of the Gulf, turning that area into a great salt water lake. It covered almost 2100 square miles.

How could a river cut a gulf in two? The watershed of the Colorado River covers 260,000 square miles, from the southern edge of Yellowstone Park to the Gulf of California. It held in suspension and carried down to the sea millions of tons of solid matter as it scoured out such natural wonders as the Grand Canyon. It deposited this vast quantity of silt into the Gulf opposite its mouth and the deposits eventually reached clear to the opposite side, from Yuma to the rampart of the Cocopah Mountains. The delta was ten miles wide by thirty in length. The river then chose for itself a route on the southeastern slide of the delta plain, discharging its waters into the Gulf of California. Under the blazing sun, water in the upper Gulf evaporated, leaving an and basin incrusted with salt in its deeper parts. The depression was about one hundred miles in length by thirty-five in width. It had a maximum depth of 1,000 feet.


  1. Yes I remember the first three pics. I enjoyed them then and still think they are striking.

    Very nice job with your commentary. Completes the whole picture for me. I have been looking at that area for a winter stay in my 5th wheel trailer. Time will tell.

  2. Yew I remember several of these photographs from an earlier post of yours. These are all amazing pictures and you have added a most interesting commentary to go with!

  3. By the way I really like the bottom picture what is the story behind this old building?

  4. Nice story telling Q. I don't care if you have posted the first three before. I really like the middle one of those three.

    I like the way you caught the shadows in the building picture. Were you using a wide angle lens or is this building just really long?

  5. Ron, it was on 14-24mm, and I correct the distortion on the both side in NX2. All of these pictures it was on Nikon D3X.


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