The Salton Sea was created many years ago and is filled by a couple of rivers and runoff from agriculture fields.
Talapia was introduced to help with the algae blooms that plague this sea. Unfortunately the algae blooms seem to be, or have won this battle. Algae blooms consume so much oxygen that fish suffocate and die off in the thousands here.
The real problem is the salinity of this sea. Because of the constant nutrients (from the agriculture runoff) added to the sea, the salinity levels are higher than that of the ocean. There have been many talks of cleaning/reducing the salinity levels of the sea but nothing solid has come up.
My thought on the sea is a comparison to another body of water with high levels if nutrients but with almost pristine water conditions. This body of water has over 200 endemic species. The terrain almost barren with mostly rocks and sand. Lake Tanganyika.
What if we turned the Salton Sea into a replicate of Lake Tanganyika or even Lake Malawi?
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