Salton Sea, California

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The Salton Sea is a shallow, saline, endorheic rift lake located directly on the San Andreas Fault, predominantly in California's Imperial and Coachella Valleys.

The lake occupies the lowest elevations of the Salton Sink in the Colorado Desert of Imperial and Riverside Counties in Southern California. Its surface is 235.2 ft  below sea level as of Feb. 5, 2017.The deepest point of the sea is 5 ft  higher than the lowest point of Death Valley. The sea is fed by the New, Whitewater, and Alamo Rivers, as well as agricultural runoff, drainage systems, and creeks. Originally designed to be a massive resort, it has turned into a ghost town of abandoned homes. 

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