The origin of the Salton Sea, California’s largest lake, is commonly attributed to the accidental failure of irrigation canals from the Colorado River. However, this lake is merely the latest incarnation of a series dating back several million years, ever since the Colorado River delta cut the Salton Trough from the Gulf of California. The geological history of these ancient lakes is preserved by the sediments which they left behind. Scientific evaluation of these deposits provides an understanding of how these lakes formed in the past and how long they survived before returning to desert conditions. These natural records provide a useful context for evaluating potential remediation and stabilization strategies for the Salton Sea.
Guest Speaker: Andrew Bishop, associate professional researcher, UCR EDGE Institute.
Sponsored by UCR Palm Desert and Friends of the Desert Mountains.
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