The Salton Sea. The big picture is beautiful, the details get a little bit grimier. It reminds me of the Okanagan, if the Okanagan was lined with fish-bone beaches and deteriorating tourist services. I'm set up in a primitive camping zone of the state park next to some Canadian snowbirds in an RV. Sunset is amazing and a full moon is rising. #bikepacking#salsafargo#adventurebybike#saltonsea#california
When the California Department of Pesticide Regulation considered using drones to help with their water quality research and management, we were there to show them the different options.
We had a great time flying over the New River in Imperial County. The folks from DPR learned a lot about drones and we learned a lot about Salton Sea water quality from them. It was a memorable experience for all.
🚨NEW EXHIBIT COMING UP December 17 ‼️ Experience the heyday of the Salton Sea through the 1962 photographs of George Mann and the story of Helen Burns, “Queen of the Salton Sea.” On exhibit through March 28, 2020.
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It’s beautiful when you meet someone and immediately connect with them. Damn @ninja_natalie , we move quick! A few weeks after meeting, we embark on a 600 mile journey together & you’re one of the people I call to help me move into my new space 😂 The way motorcycles can connect you to others is beyond words. Can’t wait to twerk on some more bikes with you. My dude, we have some epic memories ahead of us.
FUN FACT no. 8:
The #SaltonSea has no outlet so water is lost only through evaporation, leaving dissolved salts behind and gradually raising salinity. The Sea's salinity has now reached 44 parts per thousand, about 25% higher than ocean water.
I always try and #optoutside every Black Friday. Instead of getting trampled by hordes of stressed shoppers, I’m getting revitalized in a hot springs somewhere.
This year made me realize how incredibly toxic our consumerism really is...seeing piles of garbage in such a desolate place, but also seeing people living off the grid and making art and homes from this garbage, has made me even more acutely await of how much waste we really produce. I try to be conscious, but thinking how every package I buy might end floating in the ocean or snagged in the branches of a forest, has me re-thinking every purchase I make.
Our bodies are our temples, but the earth is the temple in which we reside. Without it, we can’t survive.
I hope you all had a great holiday, and continued to nourish all the temples this earth provides. #saltonsea#camping#eastjesus
Amid the wasteland of the Salton Sea, a miraculous but challenging oasis has come to life. Scientists say unmanaged flows of agricultural and urban runoff are flushing salinity out of the soil and forming freshwater ponds on the lake’s margins, which are attracting cattails and grasses. They, in turn, are attracting insects, which are enticing federally endangered desert pupfish and birds such as the Yuma Ridgway’s rail. However, these unexpected wetlands may be major obstacles to the construction of long-delayed projects designed to restore saltwater fisheries and control clouds of dust rolling off the exposed lake bed.
📸: @pixtakerirfan #saltonsea #endangeredspecies #environment
#HumanRightsDay#TimeForAction#COP25 : Our mounting #ClimateCrisis is a perilous threat to human rights everywhere. That’s why in California we’ve made it our mission to put critical human rights like health, shelter, and access to clean air and water at the forefront of our groundbreaking #ClimateChange endeavors. Our approach prioritizes people, especially those from environmentally vulnerable and developing communities that are already strapped for resources.
FUN FACT no. 7:
The #SaltonSea is California's largest lake. It was formed in 1905 when massive flooding caused the Colorado River to break through an irrigation canal and flow freely into the Salton Basin for 18 months.
Feeling nostalgic with this 2007 Frank Mormillo photo of the Corsair over a very calm Salton Sea on a November evening. One memorable aspect of this flight was the the arrival back at Chino Airport. SoCal Approach (air traffic control) had held me level at a considerable altitude much longer than ideal for a modest descent profile that would facilitate remaining within the airspace speed limits of 250 Knots below 10,000 feet and 200 Knots in airspace near the airport. I had the propeller RPM pulled so far back, the 2000 horsepower, 2800 cubic-inch engine was just quietly going thump...thump...thump, rather than its usual loud roar. At this point, I was doing all I could to keep from breaking the FAA-regulated speed limit, without substantially changing my course, as it was getting dark and I needed to be on the ground. By the time I was on initial approach for the overhead break for landing, the Corsair was doing every bit of the speed limit, while observers (at least one friend of mine) later enthusiastically stated all that could be heard was the legendary whistle of the airframe, while the blue and gray blur of the fighter plane zoomed by with no typically accompanying engine sound. And because I’m a warbird nerd, I thought that was pretty cool. #😊
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I couldn't decide what angle of the car I liked most 🤔 So why not both ✌️ what angle of the car do you prefer? #sundayfunday
Let's hear your opinion in the comment section below 💬
One of the weirdest fossils I've handled, this dragonfly landed near a hydrothermal vent in the Salton Sea of southern California, died, and was preserved in a fine druzy calcite known as "Calcareous sinter"! This type of preservation is typically known from hot springs or limestone caves.
These specimens all come from a Smithsonian expedition to the area between 1938-1940.
Little to no information about these has been available other than a vague reference to finding them back in 1938.