The Otherworldly Landscape of the Salton Sea in Photos

Once-bustling marinas in California's largest lake are now bone-dry. See the other worldly landscape of the Salton Sea in southeastern California.

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Some of the sights you'll see at California's evaporating Salton Sea in the extreme southwest part of the state.
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A bridge near Red Hill Marina stands on ground dried by evaporation on June 30 near Calipatria, California, southeast of the Salton Sea.
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Foundations of buildings of an early 20th century resort that was used before the rising waters of the Salton Sea turned this hill into Mullet Island, one of the four Salton Buttes, small volcanoes on the southern San Andreas Fault.
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Steam rises from thermal vents that, until recently, were underwater on the floor of the Salton Sea.
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Small mud volcanoes grow above the southern San Andreas Fault near the Salton Sea near Calipatria, California.
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Buildings of an apparent hot mineral spring spa on a mud flat in the thermal fields of the southern San Andreas Fault at the Salton Sea have fallen down.
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Biologist Tom Anderson of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Refuge Complex steers an airboat across the shallow waters of the Salton Sea.
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Foundations of buildings of an early 20th century resort that was used before the rising waters of the Salton Sea turned this hill into Mullet Island, one of the four Salton Buttes, small volcanoes on the southern San Andreas Fault.
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This May 1, 2015 aerial file photo shows the exposed lake bed of the Salton Sea evaporating near Niland, Calif. California officials have proposed spending nearly $400 million over 10 years to slow the shrinkage of the state's largest lake. Gov. Jerry Brown's administration on Thursday, March 16, 2017 unveiled a plan to build ponds on the northern and southern ends of the Salton Sea. It's expected to evaporate at an accelerated pace starting next year when the San Diego region no longer diverts water to the desert region. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
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Steam rises from thermal vents that, until recently, were underwater on the floor of the Salton Sea.
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Oxygen-starved tilapia float in a shallow Salton Sea bay. Often called the "The Accidental Sea," because it was created when the Colorado River breached a dike in 1905.
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Steam rises from geothermal mud pots near the banks of the Salton Sea near Niland, California, evidence of the region's vast geothermal activity.
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Sunlight reflects off irrigated fields near Mesquite, California.
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In this April 29, 2015, photo, farmer Al Kalin walks back to his truck on his farm near Westmorland, Calif. Kalin, who farms 1,800 acres near the Salton Seas's southern shores, installed sprinklers and other water saving measures to replace flood irrigation over the last five years.
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An abandoned motel sits on the edge on of the Salton Sea in late 2006. The Salton Sea, California's largest lake, was created in 1905 when floodwaters from the Colorado River burst past a series of dams.
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Palm trees destroyed in earlier flooding line the banks of the Salton Sea.
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A dead tilapia floats among algae in a shallow Salton Sea bay near Niland, California.
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Bruce Wilcox of the Imperial Irrigation District speaks in front of cracked, exposed Salton Sea lakebed.
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Irrigated citrus trees sit surrounded by bone-dry land near Westmorland, California. The Imperial Valley's half-million acres of verdant fields end abruptly in pale dirt that gets three inches of rain annually on average.
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Biologist Tom Anderson makes a call along the receding banks of the Salton Sea.
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Biologist Tom Anderson steers an airboat across the shallow waters of the Salton Sea, often called the "The Accidental Sea."
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Ed Victoria sits under an umbrella as he fishes for tilapia along the receding banks of the Salton Sea near Bombay Beach, California.
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Mud boils violently in steam vents that, until recently, were underwater on the floor of the Salton Sea.
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A road sign that was once flooded by the rising Salton Sea stands on ground dried by evaporation on June 30 near Calipatria, California.
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A road sign that was once flooded by the rising Salton Sea stands on ground dried by evaporation on June 30 near Calipatria, California.
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Outhouses and an old lifeguard stand are stored on Red Hill, one of the four Salton Buttes, small volcanoes on the southern San Andreas Fault at the Salton Sea.
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An area of rock quarry activity is seen on Red Hill, one of the four Salton Buttes, small volcanoes on the southern San Andreas Fault at the Salton Sea.
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Rock Hill, one of the four Salton Buttes, small volcanoes on the southern San Andreas Fault, and a geothermal energy plant are seen at the edge of the Salton Sea.
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A bullet-and shotgun pellet-riddled boat is seen abandoned near Travertine Point on March 21, 2012 south of Mecca, California.
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Years of accumulated garbage dumped in the desert is seen next to a native Palo Verde tree near Travertine Point on the northwest shore of the biggest lake in California, the Salton Sea.
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Date palms are seen on the northwest shore of the Salton Sea in Mecca, California.
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Disused structures on the shore of the Salton Sea.
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Pelicans fly over a great blue heron on the shore of the Salton Sea.
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The northwest shore of the biggest lake in California, the Salton Sea, on March 20, 2012 south of Mecca, California.
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