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William Beck
(907) 562-2213
1236 72Nd Ave
Anchorage, AK
Agency
Alaska Travel Source
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Website
www.alaskatravelsource.com

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American Express Travel
(907) 266-6666
9138 Arlon Street,Suite A-1
Anchorage, AK
Services
Annual Travel Benefit

Greg Schlachter
(907) 766-3977
Po Box 1567
Haines, AK
Agency
The Expedition Broker
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Destinations
Antarctica/Arctic Region, Canada, Europe-Western, South America, U.S. - Alaska, U.S. - West
Specialities
Adventure Travel, Bicycle, Boating / Yacht / Sailing, Camping / Hiking, Eco-Tourism, Family Travel, Fishing / Hunting, Great Outdoors, Luxury Travel, Nature, Rafting, Ski / WinterSports
Website
www.expeditionbroker.com

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William Beck
(907) 562-2213
1236 72Nd Ave
Anchorage, AK
Agency
Alaska Travel Source
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Website
www.alaskatravelsource.com

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Don Williams
(907) 243-2200
Po Box 111125
Anchorage, AK
Agency
Quality Travel Service, Inc.
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Website
www.travelsense.org

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Don Williams
(907) 243-2200
Po Box 111125
Anchorage, AK
Agency
Quality Travel Service, Inc.
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Website
www.travelsense.org

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Anchorage Express
(907) 561-1009
PO Box 200503
Anchorage, AK

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Rebecca Brice Henderson
(907) 452-3636
909 Cushman Street, Ste 102
Fairbanks, AK
Agency
Santa's Vagabond Travel
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Website
www.santasvagabondtravel.com

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Nancy Berg
(907) 772-3818
Po Box 787
Petersburg, AK
Agency
Viking Travel, Inc.
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Website
www.AlaskaFerry.com

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World Wide Cruises, Inc.
(800) 882-9000
8333 W. McNab Road,Ste 229
Ft Lauderdale, AK
Services
Annual Travel Benefit,NO FINANCIAL SERVICES

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Discover Salton Sea, CA

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November 30, 2010 by Rex Vogel · 2 Comments  

Following along the San Andreas Fault, California State Highway 111 winds around the eastern shore of Salton Sea which occupies the Salton Basin, a remnant of prehistoric Lake Cahuilla.

The Salton Sea is a haven for bird watchers © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Lying 228 feet below sea level, Salton Sea is an inland saline lake in the Sonoran Desert of extreme southeastern California. It is bordered on the south by the rich agricultural areas of the Imperial Valley and on the west, by Anza-Borrego Desert State Park . Both the Salton Sea State Recreation Area and the Sony Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge are located on its shores.

The Salton Sea is currently 35 miles by 15 miles and can be as long as 40 miles by almost 20 miles in particularly wet years. It has an average depth of nearly 30 feet and, at its deepest, is 51 feet. It contains 7.3 million acre feet of water and evaporates 1.3 million acre feet each year. There is a five-mile-long trench on the south end of the Sea that is 51 feet deep. Interestingly, the bed of the Salton Sea is only five feet higher than the lowest spot in Death Valley.

It is estimated that over 1 million visitors spend time at the Salton Sea each year.

From the highway you will spot the sea past fields of citrus; it looks much more like a huge mirage.
The Salton Sea is the big mystery here. How and why it came into being is a fascinating story. The Salton Sea is a place that’s been accurately dubbed the weirdest body of water in America. It has no outlet, and its main sources of new water are agricultural drainage ditches. It has become a natural wonder.

Water flow and climate shaped the basin, creating one of the most diverse regions in the world. The area contains an amazing range of plants and animals. It continues to change today. Name your interest and you will probably find a chance to pursue it in the Salton Sea area. Ancient history, bat caves, boating, camping, conservation, fishing, geology—right through the alphabet—it is all here.

One of several recreation areas along the Salton Sea. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Geologically, this area was once part of a larger body of water extending north through the San Joaquin Valley. A great up thrust lifted the land and formed mountains. The downfolding created Salton sink and the Imperial and Coachella valleys. The sink was dry for many years and salt was mined from it.

In 1901, a dam was built to divert water from the Colorado River near Yuma and carried in canals to irrigate lands in the Imperial Valley. In 1905, the dam broke and water rushed into the Salton Sink for two years, filling it to an elevation of 195 feet below sea level.

Already more salty than seawater, and becoming more saline by the day, the Salton Sea was steeped in continuous political controversy over its future during the 1950s and 60s.

The Salton Sea was a popular sporting dest...

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