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Salton Sae

Dead talpia fish cover land that once was part of the Salton Sea near Calipatria, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006. The Salton Sea, California's largest lake was created in 1905 when floodwaters from the Colorado River burst past a series of dams and settled in the Salton Sink, more than 228 feet below sea level. Ever since, the lake has supported a complex ecosystem. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Disappearing Salton Sea

Once-bustling marinas on shallow water in California's largest lake a few years ago are bone-dry. Carcasses of oxygen-starved tilapia lie on desolate shores. Flocks of eared grebes and shoreline birds bob up and down to feast on marine life.

An air of decline and strange beauty permeates the Salton Sea: The lake is shrinking — and on the verge of getting much smaller as more water goes to coastal cities. (AP)

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