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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Selenium and salt evaporation ponds east of Huron, California.

Lacking an outlet for irrigation runoff, farmers on the west side of California's San Joaquin Valley drain their water into large ponds. As the water evaporates, salt, selenium, and other contaminants concentrate.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2013
Date Uploaded: 05.2015
Photo Location: Huron, California, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Copyright: © Richard Street