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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.

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