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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.

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