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This was taken this past weekend and is part of the Salton Sea. This sea, which is landlocked, is in southern California. Currently the saline measures in at 40%. One of the rivers that feed this sea is the New River (the most polluted river in North America). Add to this the agriculture run off (pesticides, fertilizers and so forth) and you quickly gain an understanding of the levels of toxicity this sea has. Once a beautiful garden spot, it is now a smelly toxic site. Periodically there are massive fish die-offs. According to Wikipedia "The Salton Sea has been termed a "crown jewel of avian biodiversity" (Dr. Milt Friend, Salton Sea Science Office). Over 400 species have been documented at the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea supports 30% of the remaining population of the American White Pelican. The Salton Sea is also a major resting stop on the Pacific Flyway. On 18 November 2006, a Ross's Gull, a high Arctic bird, was sighted and photographed there." And since they feed there, birds are having health issues too.