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Agriculture Between Salton Sea and Sea of Cortez, USA and Mexico – February 15th, 2011

33.2N 115.7W

February 15th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

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The large, dark blue lake in the upper left quadrant is the Salton Sea, a saline, endorheic rift lake in California, near the border with Mexico.

An extensive area of agriculture can be seen between the lake and the Sea of Cortez (or Gulf of California, bottom right), despite the arid presence of the Gran Desierto de Altar, part of the Sonoran Desert, to the east.

The green color of the northern part of the Sea of Cortez is caused by the influx of sediments from the Colorado River. The river is approximately 1450 mi long, and drains a part of the arid regions on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains.

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