The Salton Sea was created in 1905 before there were any dams constructed on the wild Colorado River. A poorly engineered water control gate was breached by the wild river. Consequently, silty, fresh river water flowed unabated for two years downhill by way of the newly created “New River” and began refilling a pre-existing vast and somewhat dry ancient lake bed.

What does the freshwater lake created in 1905 have in common with the salty Salton Sea of 2019?

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