America’s Dead Sea

Sun, sea and toxic waste.

Filmed in Salton Sea, California.

Dead eyes stare up in their thousands from the arsenic-crusted golden sands. Somewhere among the peeling paint, rusting caravans and acres of rotting fish is the old Salton, the jewel of the desert. The people have left, leaving behind the skeletons of a flashflood tourism industry beside pesticide polluted waters. But the sea is diminishing, the shores exposed to air, and the wind lifting the contaminated soil to cast an environmental disaster over California.
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