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Norma Bettis
(515) 967-3646
319 8Th St Sw
Altoona, IA
Agency
Odyssey Travel & Convention Services, Inc.
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Destinations
Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Europe-Western, U.S. - Alaska, U.S. - Hawaii, U.S. - Midwest, U.S. - Northeast, U.S. - Southeast, U.S. - West
Specialities
Adoption, Amusement / Theme Parks, Cruising / Cruise Lines, Eco-Tourism, Family Travel, Honeymoon
Website
www.travelsense.org

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Richard South
(515) 287-3170
5805 Fleur Dr
Des Moines, IA
Agency
The Travel Center
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Specialities
Business Travel, Cruising / Cruise Lines, Customized Travel, Destination Weddings, Group Vacation, Honeymoon, Leisure Travel, Rail
Website
www.ttcdsm.com

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Travel Marketing Group Inc
(515) 251-2687
5525 Meredith Dr Ste C
Des Moines, IA

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Living History Farms
(515) 334-9625
11121 Hickman Rd
Des Moines, IA

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Allied Travel
(515) 270-7070
5460 Merle Hay Road Suite H
Johnston, IA
Website
http://alliedtravel.com/

Kathleen Stahl
(515) 271-8091
Suite A
Des Moines, IA
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Kathleen Stahl Travel Service
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
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www.travelsense.org

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Sandy Pomerantz
(515) 223-7474
5922 Ashworth Rd
West Des Moines, IA
Agency
Travel World
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Specialities
Cruising / Cruise Lines
Website
www.travelworldiowa.com

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Kathleen Stahl Travel Svc
(515) 271-8091
529 36th St Ste A
Des Moines, IA

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U S Travel
(515) 334-4004
4364 114th St
Urbandale, IA

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Club Pae Travel
(515) 953-4452
4320 Sw 9th St
Des Moines, IA

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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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