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kleinbl00  ·  162 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: California's largest lake is dying, leaving toxic dust behind

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Water_Wars

https://www.wired.com/2012/09/salton-sea-saga/

There's an entire book about this but the mile-high view is this:

1) California has never had enough water. Climatically it's Nevada with a coast.

2) California in general and Los Angeles in particular has been really good at stealing water. This is why the Owens Valley and the Coachella Valley are desert and the San Fernando And San Gabriel Valleys are not.

3) California is running out of water to steal.

4)

Important to note: the Salton Sea is not a sea. It's a water spill. If there were no dams on California there might be one there now, or there might be one there in a hundred years, and it might be gone in another 150. But there are dams in California and as a consequence, what should look like the Bonneville Salt Flats instead has piers on it.

And a bunch of dead-enders that can't afford to leave. Mercy would be relocation assistance and mortgage buy-outs. Go pull up a Google Street View of Bombay Beach. Recognize that when the Google car cruised through there they probably blasted the A/C and locked the doors and didn't stop until Indio which is its own special hell.

Know what wiped out the Sumerians? Know what wiped out the Hohokam?

Salinity.




goobster  ·  161 days ago  ·  link  ·  

And apparently the Google Street View car also turned on the Amaro photo filter when it passed through! (Pull back to the CA-111, and the moody 70's Tarantino look goes away...)

HGL  ·  161 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ha thats funny it does look like the fallout video game.