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April 18, 2011
  • The Salton Sea was created in 1905 when waters from the Colorado River rushed into a depression in Southern California.
The Salton Sea was created in 1905 when waters from the Colorado River rushed… (tommy750 )

Only nature could create such a majestic scene, right? Well, nature or burst flood-control gates.

The Salton Sea in Southern California was created in 1905 when spring flooding broke down the canal gates leading to the Imperial Valley, causing waters from the Colorado River to rush into a  depression in the Colorado Desert.

Today, the Salton Sea area, about 60 miles northeast of San Diego, attracts  birdwatchers, hikers and other visitors.

Times reader "tommy750" captured this scene.

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