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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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Image: Ancient Lake Cahuilla High Water Mark
January 24, 2008

Ancient Lake Cahuilla High Water Mark

Lake Cahuilla was an ancient freshwater lake in the Salton Trough of southern California. It covered parts of the Coachella, Imperial and Mexicali valleys and was formed when the Colorado River overflowed its banks or was diverted northwest by its own sediments, which temporarily blocked the flow to the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez). Although there have been a few

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Image: American Avocet Feeding
April 29, 2008

American Avocet Feeding

Birds found in and around the Salton Sea, California.

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Image: American Avocet on Her Eggs
July 11, 2006

American Avocet on Her Eggs

Birds found in and around the Salton Sea, California.

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Image: Obtaining a Dredge Sample
April 17, 2009

Obtaining a Dredge Sample

Barbara Martin about to collect a sediment sample for selenium analysis. Sample collected from the agricultural drain Trifolium 19 on the southwest side of the Salton Sea, CA.

Image: Female Desert Pupfish
April 27, 2009

Male Desert Pupfish

Desert pupfish, adult male, in seine net with other fish. Captured from the USGS/BOR Shallow Habitat Project experimental ponds on the southeast side of the Salton Sea, CA.

Image: Female Desert Pupfish
April 27, 2009

Female Desert Pupfish

Desert pupfish, adult female, in seine net with other fish. Captured from the USGS/BOR Shallow Habitat Project experimental ponds on the southeast side of the Salton Sea, CA.

Image: Salton Sea Sunset
October 1, 2006

Salton Sea Sunset

Sunset on the southeast side of the Salton Sea, CA.