The Benefits Of The Salton Sea

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Why do we travel? Do we yearn to educate ourselves about new places, cultures or people? Or perhaps, do we travel to learn more about ourselves, our ancestry or experience personal growth? The answer is different for each of us. Ben Colclough suggests, “For many it is seemingly simple, we have to. It is in our blood an itchy footed restless careless desire to up roots and see and do something new, to break the routine of life.” (Colclough). Ben’s perspective on why we travel brings rise to some questions. How far do we travel to attain our desires or goals? Do we travel to an exotic landscape or culture? Who do we travel with or do we travel alone? The arguments for traveling to far and away exotic places, distancing us in miles from …show more content…
The Salton Sea is an inland saline lake formed in the early 1900’s when the Colorado River burst through poorly built irrigation controls south of Yuma, Arizona. The Salton Sea is currently 35 miles by 15 miles with an average depth of 30 feet. The Sea is currently 228 feet below sea level. The current salt level of the sea is around 44 TH PPM. The Pacific Ocean is about 35 TH PPM. As the concentrated salt level increases, only the tilapia fish introduced into the canal system to control algae can survive. Intervention from the nonprofit Pacific Institute is helping to work to improve the area, before the fish, birds and other wildlife die off. A project is underway to pump and mix water from the Alamo River and highly saline Salton Sea into ponds to create a bird habitat. Over 100,000 people visit the large recreation area each year to enjoy campsites, picnic sites, boating, water-skiing, jet-skiing, hiking, bird watching, sailboarding and fishing. There is no limit to the number of tilapia that can be caught. Other fish in the Salton Sea include corvine, mullet and striped bass. Four million birds are estimated to use the Sea each day in the winter, more than any other resource in the nation. Sweltering afternoon heat hit my skin like a 400-degree oven. Mounds of salt near the southern shore confirmed the history and environmental changes in the visitor center presentation. I am experiencing a site like no other, I thought to myself. The end of the journey was

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