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Category:Scenic
Subcategory:Coastlines
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Sky, Whitecaps, Earth, Halobacteria – Salton Sea, California – 2014

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Sky, Whitecaps, Earth, Halobacteria – Salton Sea, California – 2014 – First printed: 2015

California’s largest lake was formed by accident in 1905, when the Colorado River Aqueduct broke free and surged for two years into a low desert basin. Today, the lake is drying up, posing significant ecological challenges. This distinctive red species of archaea forms only in highly salt-rich environments, like the increasingly toxic Salton Sea.

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