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Western USA from Great Salt Lake to Lake Mead

39.1N 114.7W

July 27th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

USA - June 26th, 2010

USA - June 26th, 2010

Rows of mountains and hills separated by lowlands and desert characterize this part of the western United States of America. Two large lakes can also be observed: the Great Salt Lake (upper right) and Lake Mead (bottom center).

The Great Salt Lake is located in the state of Utah. The upper and lower halves of this body of water appear different colors, as they are separated by a concrete causeway, the Lucin Cutoff, that limits hydrological mixing. The Great Salt Lake Desert, an expansive area of white salt flats, can be seen west of the lake.

Moving south, Lake Mead is easily identified by its three-pronged shape. It is located on the Colorado River, in the states of Nevada and Arizona. Formed by water impounded by the Hoover Dam, it is largest reservoir in the United States.

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