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September 11, 2012 | By Hector Becerra
Regional air-quality managers on Tuesday said that inspectors  had cracked the mystery of the epic stink that descended over much of Southern California.  They confirmed that the rotten egg odor traveled about 150 miles from the Salton  Sea to Los Angeles. “We now have solid evidence that clearly points to the Salton Sea as the source of a very large and unusual odor event,” said Barry Wallerstein, executive officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. How unusual?
April 18, 2011
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.
March 25, 2009 | Ruben Vives
Another moderate earthquake struck Tuesday near the San Andreas fault in Imperial County, seismologists said. The magnitude 4.8 quake hit at 4:55 a.m. two miles south of Bombay Beach on the eastern shore of the Salton Sea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey website. The quake occurred at a depth of 3.5 miles. "The only interesting thing about this one is that it occurred at the end of the San Andreas fault," said Kate Hutton, a seismologist at Caltech.
June 28, 1989
Robert Jones' column ("Salton Sea--Victim of Salt and Apathy," May 23) on the Salton Sea correctly describes the deteriorating condition of the sea, but, I feel that his statements on recreational activities, visitors and local residents are misleading and distorted. Recent increases in boating and fishing activities have been dramatic, as I have observed personally on almost daily visits to Johnson's landing in Salton City (on the west shore), where fresh water is available for those wishing to clean their boats after outings on the sea. In addition to boaters we have many visitors from as far as Michigan, Illinois and the Pacific Northwest who winter in Salton City.
November 9, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Temperatures in Southern California deserts have finally dropped (and really, it took awhile), which means it's the ideal time for some outdoor play. Road-bike tour company Undiscovered Country in Los Altos, Calif., offers a bicycle tour that visits Palm Springs, the Salton Sea and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park . The six-day Warm Winter Bike Tour starts in Palm Springs with a warm-up ride and a night at the plush Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells. Cyclists take off for Borrego Springs, which becomes a base for bike rides to the Salton Sea, the Anza-Borrego badlands and other areas.
November 25, 2011
Salton Sea sense Re "Salton Sea battle," Nov. 20 I'm really getting tired of the "Salton Sea battle," especially in light of the billions in tax dollars needed to preserve the lake. It's time to do one of two things, both drastic. In heavy snow years, like last year and perhaps this year, find a way to flood the sea with freshwater from the Colorado River. That's how the sea was created almost 100 years ago. That, or stop trying to defeat nature and let it dry up, retuning it to the original ancient lake bed it was before its flooding.
June 30, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A small earthquake rattled a rugged mountain area in southeastern California on Thursday, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The magnitude 4.3 temblor struck about 5:28 p.m. and was centered about six miles southwest of the Salton Sea, according to a preliminary report by the U.S. Geological Survey. A magnitude 3.2 aftershock struck about two minutes later. The Salton Sea, which covers 376 square miles, is California's largest lake. It is about 76 miles northeast of San Diego.
July 28, 2009 | Jia-Rui Chong
By bouncing sound waves off the floor of the Salton Sea, researchers have discovered more than a dozen previously unknown earthquake faults, leading to a new theory of how the ground is sinking and stretching near the infamous San Andreas fault. Danny Brothers, lead author of a study published Sunday, said the new understanding of the area's seismic mechanics does not appear to suggest that a massive quake on the San Andreas is more imminent than previously believed.
November 19, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun and Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Over the last five years, the Salton Sea's shoreline has been steadily receding into the desert, creating a "bathtub ring" of exposed lake bed around the 360-square-mile body of murky water that straddles Imperial and Riverside counties. Once, it was one of the most productive fisheries and wildlife habitats in the state, but the shrinking Salton Sea has hit hard times. Along with imperiling the fish that live in the hyper-saline water and the migratory birds that stop along their annual journey, the shrinkage exposes a pesticide-laden lake bed that could contribute to the dust storms that have given the region some of the dirtiest air in California.
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