The big stink likely Salton Sea

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Dead fish and garbage in the Salton Sea, seen in this 2001 AP photo.

Dead fish and garbage in the Salton Sea, seen in this 2001 AP photo.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) – The vast saltwater lake that could be to blame for a rotten-egg stench that seeped through greater Los Angeles this week has bigger problems than its public image.

The massive body of water 150 miles southeast of the City of Angels is a dying lake, plagued by increasing salinity, receding shorelines and periodic mass fish die-offs caused by plummeting oxygen levels in its briny waters.

Regional air quality officials were awaiting test results Tuesday to determine if the stench came from the Salton Sea, but many experts believed the lake could be the culprit.

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