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In this Dec. 27, 2010 photo, a public building stands on the rugged terrain in Salton City, Calif., a town on the Salton Sea. Water conservation efforts are being made in hopes of restoring the evaporating inland sea that was once considered a developing center for tourism. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

In this Dec. 27, 2010 photo, a public building stands on the rugged terrain in Salton City, Calif., a town on the Salton Sea. Water conservation efforts are being made in hopes of restoring the evaporating inland sea that was once considered a developing center for tourism.

Disappearing Salton Sea

Yahoo News

Once-bustling marinas on shallow water in California's largest lake a few years ago are bone-dry. Carcasses of oxygen-starved tilapia lie on desolate shores. Flocks of eared grebes and shoreline birds bob up and down to feast on marine life.

An air of decline and strange beauty permeates the Salton Sea: The lake is shrinking — and on the verge of getting much smaller as more water goes to coastal cities. (AP)

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