why is the salton sea salty?

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    The Salton in the low desert of Southern California is facing many problems from containing so much salt. The lake was formed by the Colorado River flooding in 1905 and ever since it has served as delta for the enormous river. The reason it is so salty is that the Colorado River accumulates salt as it flows from the Rocky Mountains and eventually gets deposited into the Salton Sea. Being near Death Valley in California, the weather can reach up to 130 degrees in the summer. This type of heat will cause a lot of water to evaporate, but when it does, the salt is left behind. Approximately 4 million tons of salt get deposited in the Salton Sea each year for this reason, and the problem is only getting worse with each year.

     

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