Mysterious Red/Brown Pools south of Foster City : LUSENET : San Francisco History : One Thread

I was flying from Houston to SF yesterday, and as I looked out the window, I noticed several large rectangular pools (?) with rounded corners. They were the color of flower pots (reddish-brown) and some of them had some whitish color swirled in. What are these things? They look very strange from above.

-- Manny Parsons (, July 10, 2002


Salt evaporation ponds.

-- John Martini (, July 10, 2002.

For more information on the South Bay and the salt industry, read Harold Gilliam's book on San Francisco Bay. Can't remember the exact title.

-- Don Martinich (, July 12, 2002.

"Harold Gilliam" brings up 8 hits over at If you google for just him, you'll find he's quite a well-respected and prolific writer of Bay Area guides (and beyond the bay, too).

-- Rosa (, July 12, 2002.

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