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