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Mountain Ridges Near Great Salt Lake and Desert, Utah, USA

41.1N 112.6W

September 10th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Utah, USA - July 26th, 2009

Utah, USA - July 26th, 2009

Two significant mountain ridges can be observed in thisĀ  orthorectified image of the Great Salt Lake (right) and Desert (left) in the state of Utah, USA.

The ridge rising up above the flat salt desert in the lower left corner is called the Newfoundland Mountains. Their highest summit is the rugged Desert Peak at 6800 feet, ascending about 2800 feet from the surrounding salt flats.

Moving across to the other side of the lake, the Promontory Mountains run north-south and jut out into the water, forming a twenty mile long peninsula whose southernmost tip is called Promontory Point.

Major peaks of the Promontory range are Messix Peak at 7,349 feet (2,239.98 m), Mt. Tarpey at 6,965 feet (2,122.93 meters), and Lead Mountain at 5,781 feet (1,762.05 meters).

The Promontories have historical significance because the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed just north of the range, at Promontory, Utah. Today, trains pass Promontory Point via the Lucin Cutoff, a railroad trestle that crosses the lake, visible here as a white line across the black lake waters.

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