13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
A decrepit chair rests next to the Salton Sea, which was once an oasis in Southern California’s Imperial Valley. Formed in the early 1900s, the sea became a popular tourist destination. However, later, an inflow of agricultural runoff and no outflow of water transformed the sea into a cesspool.
© Lauren Pond.
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||Dec. 1, 2015, 11:55 p.m.