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Imperial Valley, California


Imperial Valley is a large, flat crop growing area in the very south of California, between the Salton Sea which lies to its north, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park which lies to its west, the Chocolate Mountains which lie to its northeast and the Mexican border which lies to its south. The valley extends south into Mexico where it is called the Mexicali Valley.


Imperial Valley is one of the most productive agricultural areas of the world and the largest year-round irrigated agricultural area in North America. It is the seventh largest food producing area in the world. Microsoft Encarta access says that crops grown in Imperial Valley include melons, citrus and other fruits, lettuce and other vegetable, alfalfa, barley and cotton but on the other hand, a friend of the author, who should know since he lives there, stresses that that it is purely a crop growing area and most definitely not a fruit growing area.

Imperial Valley is a pleasant enough place to drive through, with views of mountains in the distance, but as far as I know it hasn't got any special attractions for visitors and is probably not worth going any great distance out of your way to visit. This isn't meant in any way as a criticism - it's a farming area, not a tourist area. If you're in the area, it's worth seeing, especially if you have some farmers in your group.

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