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Conservation and Management Issues

Michael A. Patten, Guy McCaskie and Philip Unitt

in Birds of the Salton Sea

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780520235939
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929449 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520235939.003.0002
Conservation and Management Issues

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The Salton Sea captivated tourists and fun seekers from nearby metropolitan areas in the 1940s and 1950s. It became so popular that the Salton Sea State Recreation Area was developed along the northeastern shoreline. The sea also became a major sport fishery after its introduction of marine fishes. The robust economy of the 1950s brought real-estate speculators, who marketed the area as a thriving resort. However, as the Salton Sea aged, its appeal worsened. The water became brown and turbid, fish carcasses littered the shore, and distasteful odors emanated from mud and backwaters. High water levels encroached on prime shoreline in the 1970s, and much of the shoreline is now dotted with dilapidated buildings and marinas, built only a half-century ago. The Salton Sea has thus become a cause célèbre for conservation biology. Its plight is featured commonly in newspapers, popular magazines, and journals.

Keywords: metropolitan areas; shoreline; marine fishes; marinas; biology

Chapter.  2789 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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