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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Extracting Salt

Owens Lake is a symbol of the unsustainability of California's water management system. When Los Angeles bought the water rights to this entire valley in the early 1900s this was a healthy lake. By 1924 they drained the lake for LA's consumption, leaving it a barren dust bowl which created so much dust pollution it caused respiratory & health problems for local residents. LADPW now keeps it shallow flooded to control the dust levels.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2016
Date Uploaded: 04.2018
Photo Location: California, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D810
Copyright: © Jassen Todorov