shallow saltwater lake, orig. a salt-covered depression (Salton Sink), in the Imperial Valley, S Calif., kept filled by runoff water from irrigation ditches fed by the Colorado River: c. 350 sq mi (906 sq km); c. 280 ft (85 m) below sea level
Origin of Salton Seaprobably coined from salt
A saline lake of southeast California in the Imperial Valley region of the Colorado Desert. It was a salt-covered depression known as the Salton Sink until 1905, when flood waters of the Colorado River formed the lake.