RE: Salton Sea

Lisa Dusseault (
Tue, 16 Jun 1998 15:53:11 -0700

Damn. I was about to start giving references and hit ctrl-enter on this
unfamiliar laptop keyboard here.

This site has cool facts about Montana. Some of the best books/information
in the world are for kids.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lisa Dusseault (Exchange)
> Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 1998 3:42 PM
> To: ''; Joe Barrera;
> Cc:
> Subject: RE: Salton Sea
> Oddly enough, this relates to a conversation I had on geography last night
> on a boat on Lake Washington. I was talking to somebody who had trouble
> believing me when I said that Lake Washington drained, out its south end,
> into the Pacific. He thought in general that many lakes did not drain
> into rivers, and instead evaporated or drained underground.
> Having scrutinized many many maps (I love maps) in my life, it seems to me
> that the vast majority of lakes do drain into rivers. How true is that?
> As far as I knew last night, the Dead Sea was the only lake which does not
> drain: it maintains its level because evaporation is matched by entering
> water quantities. So does Salton Sea also evaporate? Are there any
> others?
> Also, are there many other lakes which are below sea level at their
> surface or at their deepest points?
> Another argument was over crater lake in Montana. My friend thought that
> crater lake, montana, was so deep that its bottom must be below sea level.
> That is difficult for me to believe because, although I do not know
> Montana's average altitude offhand, it must be fairly high. The lowest
> point, on the MT-ID state line, is 1,820 ft, which I know from
> Lisa
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Whitehead []
> Sent: Sunday, June 14, 1998 9:22 AM
> To: Joe Barrera;
> Cc:
> Subject: RE: Salton Sea
> "There is no legal limit to the number of tilapia that can be taken;
> after a
> day at the park fishers generally leave with at least 100 tilapia in
> the 1-
> to 3-pound range."
> ..And for boating
> "The lake is known as the fastest in the nation because its salt
> content
> (slightly greater than the Pacific Ocean) causes vessels to be more
> buoyant.
> And at 228 feet below sea level, its high atmospheric density
> (because of
> the low elevation) causes engines to perform much more powerfully
> than on
> other lakes."
> - Jim