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Mountains and Salt Flats Near Great Salt Lake, USA – June 27th, 2011

40.8N 109.2W

June 27th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains, Salt Flats

USA - June 21st, 2011

Several mountain ranges, their peaks capped with snow, can be observed near the Great Salt Lake, in Utah, USA. An area of salt flats is also visible to the west of the lake.

To the north of the lake is the Wasatch Range, mountains that stretch through Utah and Idaho. To the east of the lake are the Uinta Mountains, a subrange of the Rocky Mountains, unusual because they run on a horizontal axis.

From Plains and Lakes to Mountains in Northwestern USA

43.4N 111.7W

October 25th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

USA - October 21st, 2010

The northern and southeastern portions of this image of the north- and central-western USA are mostly covered by flat plains, while the southwestern portions are dominated by various ridges of mountains.

Three lakes are visible in the upper half of the image (from left to right): the Fort Peck Reservoir in Montana, Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota and Lake Oahe in South Dakota.

A fourth lake can be observed near the mountains in the lower left corner: the Great Salt Lake in Utah. The white areas surrounding the lake, particularly to the southwest, are large expanses of salt flats.

Visible north of the Great Salt Lake is the Wasatch Range, a mountain range that stretches through Utah and Idaho. To the east of the lake, on a horizontal axis, are the Uinta Mountains, a subrange of the Rocky Mountains.

Western USA from Great Salt Lake to Great Central Valley

38.1N 118.5W

July 20th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Salt Flats

USA - June 21st, 2010

USA - June 21st, 2010

Many interesting geographical features can be observed in this image of the western United States and part of northwestern Mexico. In the upper right corner is the Great Salt Lake, adjacent to the white salt flats of the Great Salt Lake Desert.

To the east of the lake is a horizontal stretch of snow-capped mountains known as the Uinta Mountains. Moving southwest across the arid desert, one comes to another range, the Sierra Nevada. Like the translation of its name suggests, these mountains are also capped with snow.

The Sierra Nevada borders the Great Central Valley of California, the fertile green area with much agriculture between the range and the Pacific Coast. Continuing southeast along the coastline, one comes to the northernmost part of the Baja California Peninsula, in Mexico.

Mountains East of Great Salt Lake, Utah, USA

40.8N 109.2W

July 16th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

USA - June 20th, 2010

USA - June 20th, 2010

The Great Salt Lake in Utah, USA, can be observed just left of the center.  The upper half of the lake appears brownish, while the lower half appears bluish green. This linear division of color is due to the Lucin Cutoff, a causeway crossing the lake that greatly limits the mixing of waters between the two halves.

Visible in the upper section of the image is part of the Wasatch Range, a mountain range that stretches about 160 miles (260 km) from the Utah-Idaho border, south through central Utah. The northern extension of the Wasatch Range, the Bear River Mountains, extends into Idaho from northern Utah after running east of the lake.

Also visible east of the lake, on a horizontal axis, are the snow-capped Uinta Mountains, a subrange of the Rocky Mountains. They are unusual for being the highest range in the contiguous United States running east to west.

Great Salt Lake and Grand Canyon, USA – December 27th, 2008

December 27th, 2008 Category: Image of the day

Great Salt Lake and Grand Canyon, USA - November 17th, 2008

Great Salt Lake and Grand Canyon, USA - November 17th, 2008

Close-up of the Great Salt Lake, Utah

Close-up of the Great Salt Lake, Utah

In this image we have a striking view of part of the states of Utah, Nevada and Arizona, USA.

In the upper left quadrant, we have the Great Salt Lake, dark green in color, with a large region of white salt flats to the West. The light green lake below it is Lake Utah.

East of those two lakes, the snow-covered Uinta Mountains stretch eastward. It is the tallest mountain range in Utah, with almost a dozen peaks exceeding 13,000 feet.

Below the Uintas, running from North to South and less covered by snow, we have the Wasatch Mountains.

Close-up of Lake Mead, Nevada and Arizona

Close-up of Lake Mead, Nevada and Arizona

In the lower left quadrant of the image, we can see Lake Mead, on the Colorado River on the border of Nevada and Arizona.

It is the largest man-made lake and reservoir in the United States, formed by water impounded by Hoover Dam. Lake Mead extends 110 mi (180 km) behind the dam, holding approximately 28.5 million acre feet (35 km³) of water.

East of Lake Mead, where the terrain in the image becomes brownish-red, we can observe the Grand Ganyon winding its way through Arizona.

It is a steep-sided gorge that was carved by the Colorado River. The canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles (6.4 to 29 km) and attains a depth of over a mile (1.83 km).

Close-up of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Close-up of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Following the Colorado River east through the Grand Canyon and north towards the Uintas Mountains, where the terrain becomes even redder, we reach Lake Powell and the famous Monument Valley.

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