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Great Salt Lake and Utah Lake in Western USA

40.2N 111.7W

October 8th, 2012 Category: Lakes

USA – October 7th, 2012

Visible in this image are two lakes in Utah, USA: the Great Salt Lake (above) and Utah Lake (below). The linearly split grey and dark green bicoloring of the former is due to a causeway that runs across the lake and restricts the mixing of the waters between the northern and southern halves. Utah Lake, on the other hand, appears uniformly bright green, probably due to sediments and phytoplankton growth. Unlike its neighbor to the north, it is a freshwater lake.

Smoke From Fires in Western USA Blows Southward Across Utah

43.3N 114W

August 19th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA – August 18th, 2012

As wildfires continue to burn in western USA, smoke blows southward towards Utah and the Great Salt Lake and the Great Salt Lake Desert (west of the lake). The fires from which the smoke originates are clustered in the mountains of Idaho, between the Oregon/Washington and Montana borders.

Great Salt Lake, Bear Lake and Lake Powell in Utah, USA

41.0N 112.4W

May 2nd, 2011 Category: Lakes

USA - April 15th, 2011

Several lakes can be observed in this image of Utah, USA. By the top edge, nestled among the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains is Bear Lake, a natural freshwater lake on the Utah-Idaho border.

Southwest of Bear Lake is the large Great Salt Lake. The lower half of this lake appears green while the upper half is brownish, due to the Lucin Cutoff, a causeway that limits mixing between the two halves.

Finally, at the bottom of the image is Lake Powell, a reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona. The second largest man-made reservoir in the United States, it was created by the flooding of Glen Canyon by the controversial Glen Canyon Dam.

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.

Mountains Around Utah Lake, USA

40.2N 111.7W

December 23rd, 2009 Category: Lakes

USA - December 1st, 2009

USA - December 1st, 2009

Utah Lake (originally named Lake Timpanogos), at 96,900 acres (392 km2), is the largest natural freshwater lake in the state of Utah and a remnant of the prehistoric Lake Bonneville. It drains via the Jordan River at its north end into Lake Bonneville’s largest remnant, the Great Salt Lake.

Despite its large surface area, the lake is shallow; it has a maximum depth of 14 feet (4.27 m) and an average depth of about 9.4 feet (2.74 m). This shallowness allows winds to easily stir up sediments from the lake’s bottom, contributing to the turbidity seen in Utah Lake’s water.

Utah Lake dominates Utah Valley in the north-central part of the state, with major cities such as Provo and Orem hemmed between the lake’s eastern shore and the Wasatch Mountains, visible along the right edge of this orthorectified image. Also visible west of the lake are the Lake Mountains, and jutting into the south portion of the lake is West Mountain, which divides Goshen Bay and Lincoln Beach. Connected to the main body of the lake are two large, shallow bays: the aforementioned Goshen Bay to the south and Provo Bay to the east, where Hobble Creek enters the lake.