To produce this image, I combined 87 images using StarStaX. Each frame was shot at 30 sec f/4 ISO 2000 using a Canon 6D and Sigma 15mm Ex Dg.
The Navy began to conduct seaplane target bombing operations at the northwestern corner of the sea during the late 1930s. By 1942, a larger, more remote facility was established at the southwestern corner of the sea about ten miles south of Salton City. As planes, boats, and buoys were hauled over from the coast for military training maneuvers, barnacle infestations began to appear—apparently introduced by foreign ballast water released during operations. In later years, barnacles blanketing the beaches and docks made the sea increasingly unpleasant for recreational users.
Largely abandoned by the late 1960s, the base was occasionally used for military live munitions practice during the 1970s and as a consequence base buildings suffered extensive damage. Although listed as inactive by 1987, the facility found renewed use as a site for Gulf War training maneuvers conducted during the early 1990s. With most of the original buildings destroyed, the base was decommissioned by the mid-1990s with the land holdings turned over to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The site was used in the early 2000s for a Salton Sea salinity control pilot research project incorporating “enhanced evaporation systems.”