Salton Sea - Kevin Key Photography - San Diego, California
Star Trails Above Pilings at the Remains of the Salton Sea Navy Test Base

Star Trails Above Pilings at the Remains of the Salton Sea Navy Test Base

To produce this image I shot 62 frames - each at 25 sec f/5.6 ISO 3200 - using a Canon 6D and Tokina 17-35mm lens. I then combined the images in StarStaX. Much of the actual road that leads here is covered in deep sand. The only way to get here is to drive along a wash and be sure to stay on the established path. If you stray too far off the path along the shoreline, you WILL get stuck - sometimes in very soft, sticky, and deep quicksand-like wet clay. You have been warned! 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. Purchase prints of my photos www.kevinkeyphotography.com

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