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The Salton Sea: Life and death in an inland ocean

Season 10 Episode 1005 | 26m 46s

The Salton Sink has been home to the largest body of water in California for more than a thousand years. Three hundred years ago, it was Lake Cahuilla, a freshwater lake. Changing geology and extensive industrial agriculture have resulted in a very salty and polluted sea. Once a booming tourist mecca, drought, agriculture, and failed development have produced a nearly dead body of water.

Aired: 03/31/23 | Expires: 03/31/26
Distributed nationally by American Public Television
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