Sunday, January 24, 2010

Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004 Documentary Movie)

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The desert has always interested me. The desert is even more interesting when you add a huge inland sea to the mix - especially when that sea was a mistake that resulted from a Colorado River flooding over a hundred years ago. This documentary details the trials and tribulations of the people who live their lives by the Salton Sea!

From Wikipedia:

Once known as the “California Riviera”, the Salton Sea is now called one of America’s worst ecological disasters: a fetid, stagnant, salty lake, that coughs up dead fish and birds by the thousands in frequent die-offs that occur. However, amongst the ruins of this man-made mistake, a few remaining eccentrics (a roadside nudist, a religious folk artist, a Hungarian revolutionary, and real estate speculators) struggle to keep a remodeled version of the original Salton Sea dream alive.

The film shares these people's stories and their difficulties in keeping their unique community alive, as the nearby cities of Los Angeles and San Diego attempt to take the agricultural water run-off that barely sustains the Salton Sea.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is one of the greatest all time documentaries about the human folly. If we expect people to behave themselves when it comes to the environment this should pretty much put a nail in that coffin. We are stupid and greedy (see politicians, railriads and others who run things)