Stuck in the Salton Sea

Even might Jeep Life™ has its limits, as this Wrangler found at Bombay Beach. The Salton Sea is an artificial body of water in a valley that was once home to an ancient ocean, and the result includes these large flats made from the calcium carbonate skeletons of long-dead sea creatures. Though the outer surface may look like a desert—and the dry surroundings might support the assumption—this is really just a thin crust, below which is a lot of mud.

I’m guessing this kind of thing happens regularly, because the entrance ramp to the beach included multiple signs with telephone numbers of locals offering to pull people out if they get stuck—for a fee, of course.

Stuck in the Salton Sea

Pyramid/Tetrahedron

Though many may call this piece a pyramid, the pyramids with which we’re most familiar have a four-sided base. This structure has a three-sided base, making it a tetrahedron (a structure that I, being a chemist, see constantly.) Speaking of chemistry, my favorite aspect of the structure is the uneven oxidation. Though initially painted white when placed in the salty Salton Sea, corrosion has crawled up the legs, forming a gradient from most-corroded at the water’s surface to pristine at the pinnacle.

Pyramid/Tetrahedron