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Utah’s Great Salt Lake and Desert, USA

41.1N 112.6W

July 21st, 2009 Category: Lakes

Great Salt Lake, Utah, USA - June 24th, 2009

Great Salt Lake, Utah, USA - June 24th, 2009

The largest salt lake in the Western Hemisphere, suitably named the Great Salt Lake covers approximately 1,700 square miles (4,400 km2) of the state of Utah, USA.

The upper portion of the lake appearsĀ  browner than the lower portion because it is divided by a causeway, the Lucin Cutoff, that impedes the normal mixing of the lakewater.

The large white area west and southwest of the lake is the Great Salt Lake Desert, an arid region extending all the way to the Nevada border. It covers an area of 4,000 square miles (10,360 kmĀ²). The sand there is white due to the high concentration of salt in the soil.

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