Salton Sea - Kevin Key Photography - San Diego, California
A Night on the Southwestern Shore of the Salton Sea

A Night on the Southwestern Shore of the Salton Sea

Another panorama at the abandoned Salton Sea Naval Station. Unlike my previous shots here, the water was very choppy tonight - so no cool reflections this time.

I produced this image by combining 14 vertical frames shot at 25 sec f/2.8 ISO 4000. Canon 6D and Sigma 15 mm lens.

The faint winter Milky Way can be seen as well. I wasn't about to capture the entire arch of the galaxy as it was too high in the sky at this time.

The Salton Sea Naval Station was an auxiliary field to NAS San Diego commissioned in 1942, had a barracks for over 600 men constructed there. It was disestablished in 1946. NAF El Centro then took over the facility using it for parachute tests of the manned space program and other military systems until 1979. There remains little if anything of the former field. The Salton Sea has taken over much of the runway.

In 2001 the United States Bureau of Reclamation used the site to remove salt from the Salton Sea, as high salinity is a major problem facing the inland lake. They used modified snowmaking equipment and mine waste removal vehicles and continued testing for a year; however high energy costs and air quality issues forced the termination of this project.