Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dead Sea?

In 1999 almost 8 million fish died in a single day.

Twice as large as Lake Tahoe, the Salton Sea was created by a 1905 engineering mistake that sent a torrent of Colorado River water pouring into a salt sink. Long publicized and politicized as an ecosystem in failing health, the sea has no natural drainage and is a sump for agricultural runoff. The fish were stocked in the 1950s to promote tourism.