Why can you not swim in the salton sea located in southern California?

Swimming in the Salton Sea is discouraged because of its extremely high salinity. It is said to have more salt in it than the Pacific Ocean. Despite this warning many people still swim in the sea. Boaters are cautioned to securely anchor their boat and leave one person onboard before going swimming. Sudden gusts of wind have drifted boats leaving swimmers stranded. Occasional dense sandstorms can reduce visibility to zero. Swimmers are also warned about the sea’s soft mud bottom.

The Salton Sea is making headlines because scientists are worried that it is in danger of drying up forcing over 400 migratory bird species, including 19 sensitive or endangered ones to face massive die-offs or extinctions. The sea is about 50 feet at its deepest and is losing a water depth of 1 foot a year.

Updated on Friday, April 27 2012 at 09:19PM EDT
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