Published Jan 25, 2019 at 6:55 AM | Updated at 7:22 AM PST on Jan 27, 2019
The signs of a popular resort destination still dot the other-worldly landscape of California's Salton Sea shoreline, but they exist in a state of decay -- abandoned remnants and reminders of what used to be in this remote region about 90 miles north of Mexico.
Formed by an engineering project accident in 1905 that sent water from the Colorado River to the sea bed, the Salton Sea became the state's biggest lake. Developers saw opportunity in the accidental lake, billing it as the Salton Riviera -- hotels, yacht clubs, residences and other signs of a thriving community followed, including the mid-20th-Century tourist resort of Bombay Beach on the northeast lake shore.
But the ecosystem rapidly began to deteriorate by the 1970s, due in part to the lack of a drainage outlet for the sea's polluted and de-oxygenating water. Scroll down to see what remains of Bombay Beach.