Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

The desert beach that simply disappeared

Post Thumbnail

IT was once an arid desert that became a crowded beach — but now, it’s drying out once again.

Welcome to Bombay Beach, which is nowhere near India, but actually in the middle of the Colorado Desert.

Just over a century ago, however, the landscape in these parts altered dramatically, after the Colorado River burst its banks and flooded the place.

By the time the flowing waters had calmed down, they had created a brand-new sea, which was 15 miles by 35 miles, making it the largest lake in California.

Birds, people, businesses, yacht clubs, ice-cream vans and everything else you would expect to see by the seaside all flocked here, and it was one of the most-incredible natural transformations the USA had ever seen.

Soon, even schools and homes had sprung up, and nobody thought for a moment that it might all recede and disappear almost as quickly as it had arrived.

In the 1970s, however, with nowhere for the sea to drain out, hardly any rainfall, and pollution coming in from local farms, the new sea began to die.

Full of pesticides, with no fresh water coming in or the dirty stuff getting out, the fish started to die off, the birds could find nothing to eat, and the humans disliked the sight of countless fish skeletons littering the sand.

People would sell up, move out, and leave beach huts and chairs along with other detritus to simply rot where they stood, which, of course, all added to the general run-down appearance.

Even today, you can’t walk more than a few yards without seeing some evidence of how it was in its brief heyday.

It’s still, however, hard to imagine that there were motels, boatyards, posh swimming pools and endless rows of deckchairs here, along with seafood shops, grocery stores, and men and women doing a bit of fishing.

The old North Shore Yacht Club reopened six years ago as a community centre, but almost everything else is just rotting away.

Once a haven for sun worshippers and surfers and home to many, it now stands as an eerie, empty shell.


A cruise is the perfect getaway if you’re bored of the beach, says author Jill Mansell

10 of Scotland’s most beautiful beaches to visit this summer