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The Salton Sea is a unique environment. Images from USGS research activities in the region highlight the diversity and harshness of the environment for both humans and species that inhabit or visit the area.

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Photo of boat docks now surrounded by sand as the Salton Sea receeds.
April 29, 2019

Boat Docks High and Dry at the Salton Sea

As the Salton Sea continues to evaporate, old boat docks are now surrounded by sand and salt.

Stream Gage on the eastern bank of the Salton Sea now sits out of the water due to retreating shoreline.
November 3, 2008

Stream Gage sits high and dry on the eastern shore of the Salton Sea

Stream gage #10254005 located near Westmorland, CA, on the eastern shore of the Salton Sea, now sits out of the water as the Salton Sea continues to evaporate and the shoreline retreats.

Central Valley Water Birds
January 31, 2007

American White pelican, gulls, sandpipers.

American White pelican, gulls, sandpipers. 

Location: Salton Sea, California

Sandpiper
July 28, 2006

Sandpipers

Sandpipers. 

Location: Salton Sea, California. 

Photo of waterbirds feeding at a flooded agricultural field.
March 31, 2008

Waterbirds Feeding at Flooded Field

Credit Douglas Barnum/USGS. A photo of white-faced ibis and gulls feeding on a flooded agricultural field post-harvest. 

Image: Mud Volcano
January 24, 2008

Mud Volcano

A surface expression of geothermal activity.

Attribution: Natural Hazards
Image: Mud Volcano
January 24, 2008

Mud Volcano

A surface expression of geothermal activity.

Attribution: Natural Hazards
Image: Mud Volcano
May 24, 2007

Mud Volcano

A surface expression of geothermal activity.

Attribution: Natural Hazards
Image: Mud Volcano
December 25, 2004

Mud Volcano

A surface expression of geothermal activity.

Attribution: Natural Hazards
Image: Morton Bay and Red Hill Bay
January 1, 2005

Morton Bay and Red Hill Bay

Morton Bay and Red Hill Bay, Salton Sea, California.

Image: Mud Volcano
April 18, 2009

Mud Volcano

A surface expression of geothermal activity.

Attribution: Natural Hazards
Image: Sunset Red Hill Bay
April 21, 2009

Sunset Red Hill Bay

Sunset at Red Hill Bay, Salton Sea, California.