September 12, 2012 | For many days now a stench has suffused the air here in the desert. Indeed, people as far away from the desert as Los Angeles have been turning up their noses (see sidebar). It is, of course, the Salton Sea, which isn't a natural sea at all but an engineering mistake. It is shrinking and becoming more salty. During the summer, it heats up, algae flourish, the oxygen content drops, and the fish die.
You get the picture.
But happily there is a silver lining: it has been cooling off at night enough that I have been spending my mornings out on the patio, at least until the sun comes up and shines directly in my eyes. And Mother Nature has put on some splendid sunrises.
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