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Salton Sea Mailbox

Salton Sea Mailbox

Artist: Joan Myers (American, born 1944)
Date: 1986
Medium: Platinum-palladium print with watercolor
Dimensions:
Support: 15 × 18 1/4 in. (38.1 × 46.4 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Museum purchase, 2017
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2017.4.2
Description
The Colorado River has long flowed all the way down to California’s Imperial Valley, depositing the rich soil that made the area famous for its agriculture. The basin was intermittently wet or dry, depending on the flow of the river. An engineering error in 1906 led to the creation of a lake and the subsequent construction of many houses around it. Increasing salinity and pollution have left the area abandoned by most fish and all but the hardiest humans, though it remains a rich habitat for birds.
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