|Farmer's two-novel "Opar" series has a disproportionately long Wikipedia article, for those feeling nostalgic.
|By Citynoise at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3154822
|An eccentric detective named Sherlock Holmes recruits a wounder Afghan War veteran to solve a sordid crime involving assorted awful Mormons. (Pictured, the Nauvoo Legion, here understood as the "Sons of Dan" coming out into the open. Shades of the Haganah! Besides the questionable Mormon history, I just wanted to point out that we're getting two romantic endorheic basins for the price of one, since the Afghan War is all about the Russians pushing south into the western part of that big, gray blodge in the middle of Eurasia. On to Bokhara!
|South Australians had a glorious Nineteenth Century fight over how far north to push arable farming and settlement. "North South Australia." Someone should use that, some day. The red squiggle is, I'm told, Goyder's Line, indicating the northern limit of wheat agriculture. The Lake Eyre basin is at the top, so you can see that, if the Bradfield Scheme actually worked, it would change the economic geography of Australia significantly. By Wikimedia projects participant Tentowo (original author) Wikimedia projects participant Donama (secondary author) - Australia South Australia relief location map.png, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48583543
In 1900, the California Development Company began construction of irrigation canals to divert water from the Colorado River into the Salton Sink, a dry lake bed. After construction of these irrigation canals, the Salton Sink became fertile for a time, allowing farmers to plant crops.
Within two years, the Imperial Canal became filled with silt from the Colorado River. Engineers tried to alleviate the blockages to no avail. In 1905, heavy rainfall and snowmelt caused the Colorado River to swell, overrunning a set of headgates for the Alamo Canal. The resulting flood poured down the canal, breached an Imperial Valley dike, and ran down two former dry arroyos: the New River in the west, and the Alamo River in the east, each about 60 mi (97 km) long. Over about two years, these two newly created rivers sporadically carried the entire volume of the Colorado River into the Salton Sink.
The Southern Pacific Railroad tried to stop the flooding by dumping earth into the canal's headgates area, but the effort was not fast enough, and the river eroded deeper and deeper into the dry desert sand of the Imperial Valley. A large waterfall formed as a result and began cutting rapidly upstream along the path of the Alamo Canal that now was occupied by the Colorado. This waterfall was initially 15 feet (4.6 m) high, but grew to 80 feet (24 m) high before the flow through the breach was stopped. Originally, it was feared that the waterfall would recede upstream to the true main path of the Colorado, becoming up to 100 to 300 feet (30 to 91 m) high, at which point it would be practically impossible to fix the problem.
As the basin filled, the town of Salton, a Southern Pacific Railroad siding, and Torres-Martinez Native American land were submerged. The sudden influx of water and the lack of any drainage from the basin resulted in the formation of the Salton Sea.
The U.S. Navy conducted a preliminary inspection of the Salton Sea in January 1940, and the Salton Sea Test Base (SSTB, run by Sandia Labs) was initially commissioned as the Naval Auxiliary Air Station, Salton Sea, in October 1942 . . .
The continuing intermittent flooding of the Imperial Valley from the Colorado River led to the idea of the need for a dam on the Colorado River for flood control.
|I've included some text, because I still have a bee in my bonnet about how military history tends to misrepresent musketry practice
|Harry Parkes' visit to the Meiji Emperor meets a mixed reception, 1868. On the other hand, his eldest daughter married into Jardine Matheson, so it's all good, East Asia-wise.
[B]y the late 1870s, between ¼ and ¾ of the grain shipped from the United States to Great Britain each year originated in California, a situation that persisted for nearly two decades.4 In the 1880s, the state produced more than a 1 000 000 tons of wheat per year, and exports to Great Britain had become "a potent factor in European food supplies".5 By 1890, California was second largest wheat producing state in the nation.
|(Michael Atkins, The World Grain Trade (Cambridge: Woodbead, 1991): 17.)