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The Once Glamorous Salton Sea is Now Rife With Toxic Dust and Dying Fish

Abandoned pier on the Salton Sea, California. (Photo: Hank Shiffman/ In the Imperial Valley of California’s southeastern desert is an unexpected, almost oasis-like sight: a vast saline body of water called the Salton Sea, covering an area of around 350 square miles. On a closer look, though, its long-term neglect is obvious. The area, once called the “California Riviera”, was once awash in pastel boating outfits and jet skis; now it’s littered with broken trailers and run-down yacht clubs.
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