The Salton Sea in the Sonoran Desert • Earth.com
The Salton Sea in the Sonoran Desert Today Picture of the day from NASA Earth Observatory features the Sonoran Desert in Southern California, including the Salton Sea. The photograph was taken using a camera mounted on the exterior of the International Space Station.
According to NASA, the nearby Orocopia and Chocolate Mountains contain a mixture of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks along the San Andreas Fault. This region was used by Apollo crews as they trained for their trips to the Moon. North America is a continent entirely in the northern hemisphere and almost all in the western hemisphere. It can also be described as the northern subcontinent of the Americas. It is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the southeast by South America and the Caribbean Sea, and to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean. . Because it sits on the North American tectonic plate, Greenland is geographically part of North America. North America covers an area of about 24,709,000 square kilometers (9,540,000 sq mi), or about 16.5% of the Earth’s land area and about 4.8% of its total surface. North America is the third largest continent by area, after Asia and Africa, and the fourth largest by population after Asia, Africa and Europe.
The Salton Sea is California’s largest lake. The water has no natural outlet and the lake is saltier than the ocean.
Farmland is concentrated on both sides of the Salton Sea and water from agriculture drains into the lake.
Experts say this runoff does not provide enough water to balance the water lost to evaporation, meaning the Salton Sea will become even saltier over time.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
By Chrissy Sexon, Terre.com Personal editor