Photograph of the Salton Sea, California, ca.1910. This is "one of the dry desolate buttes of the Salton Basin, now [ca.1910] converted into an island by the waters of the overflow [from heavy runoff breaking the levee of the then under-construction Imperial Canal at the Colorado River]. In a few weeks after its being surrounded by water it became the nesting grounds of tens of thousands of pelicans." The lake is visible to the right. There are several pieces of driftwood and vegetation grows in the bottom. There are islands in the background.