Event Title: Formation of a Lake Categories: ALL, Events, AncientHistory, FullTimeline Timelines: Full Timeline, Ancient History, ALL

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The path of the Colorado River has historically wound its way through Arizona, Mexico, and typically into the Gulf of California / Sea of Cortez.  But over the millennia, the river’s course has naturally altered many times and flowed into the Cahuilla Basin instead of the Gulf of California / Sea of Cortez, filling the basin and creating a body of water known as Lake Cahuilla.

Although it formed in the same area as the Salton Sea, it was a much larger body of water.

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Map of Lake Cahuilla with an outline of the Salton Sea for Comparison