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Salton Sea Resort

Death in the Desert

From the Series Abandoned: Towns Without People

In the 1950s and 1960s, the Salton Sea resort area was a vacationer’s paradise. People looking to go boating, swimming, and fishing flocked to California’s largest lake. Homes, hotels, and shops sprang up as more and more people moved to the region. However, something was lurking in the lake’s calm waters. Soon, swimmers began to pass by globs of green algae and breathe in a rotten-egg stench. Beachgoers had to step over piles of decaying fish on the shore. Today, very few people remain in the towns that surround the lake. What had happened to the once beautiful Salton Sea? Salton Sea Resort: Death in the Desert tells the amazing but true story of a once thriving resort community that has been almost completely abandoned. The fascinating story includes descriptions of how an accidental flood formed the lake, how runoff from nearby farms polluted the water and destroyed wildlife, and what people are doing today to clean up the area. Large color photos, maps, and fact boxes enrich the exciting story of boomtown to bust. Written in narrative format, this book is sure to keep readers hungry for more thrilling real-life tales.

Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 3
Category Hi-Lo
Subject Language Arts, Myths and Folklore, Social Studies
Copyright 2015
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2015-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 6.2
Reading Counts! Points 3.0
BISACS JNF025000
Dewey 979.4'99
Graphics Full-color photographs, Historical photographs, Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8 x 10
Lexile 900
Guided Reading Level Q
ATOS Reading Level 5.2
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Detailed maps, Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents

Author: Kevin Blake