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Mountains East of Great Salt Lake, Utah, USA

40.8N 109.2W

July 16th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

USA - June 20th, 2010

USA - June 20th, 2010

The Great Salt Lake in Utah, USA, can be observed just left of the center.  The upper half of the lake appears brownish, while the lower half appears bluish green. This linear division of color is due to the Lucin Cutoff, a causeway crossing the lake that greatly limits the mixing of waters between the two halves.

Visible in the upper section of the image is part of the Wasatch Range, a mountain range that stretches about 160 miles (260 km) from the Utah-Idaho border, south through central Utah. The northern extension of the Wasatch Range, the Bear River Mountains, extends into Idaho from northern Utah after running east of the lake.

Also visible east of the lake, on a horizontal axis, are the snow-capped Uinta Mountains, a subrange of the Rocky Mountains. They are unusual for being the highest range in the contiguous United States running east to west.

The Wasatch Range, East of the Great Salt Lake, USA – December 26th, 2009

41.0N 112.4W

December 26th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

USA - December 1st, 2009

USA - December 1st, 2009

The Wasatch Range is a mountain range that stretches about 160 miles (260 km) from the Utah-Idaho border, south through central Utah in the western United States. It is generally considered the western edge of the greater Rocky Mountains, and the eastern edge of the Great Basin region.

The northern extension of the Wasatch Range, the Bear River Mountains, extends into Idaho from northern Utah after running east of the Great Salt Lake in this orthorectified image.

North of the Lucin Cutoff, a causeway crossing the lake that appears here as a white line, are a series of bays that extend towards the mountains. These bays of the Great Salt Lake include Bear River Bay, Willard Bay, North Bay and South Bay.

The Wasatch Range Between the Great Salt and Bear Lakes, Utah, USA

41.9N 111.3W

October 13th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Utah, USA - July 26th, 2009

Utah, USA - July 26th, 2009

The Wasatch Range fills the landscape between the Great Salt Lake (left) and Bear Lake. This mountain range stretches about 160 miles (260 km) from the Utah-Idaho border, south through central Utah in the western United States. It is generally considered the western edge of the greater Rocky Mountains, and the eastern edge of the Great Basin region.

The northern extension of the Wasatch Range, the Bear River Mountains, extends just into Idaho, constituting all of the Wasatch Range in that state.

Bear Lake is located near that northern extension of the mountains. It is a natural freshwater lake on the Utah-Idaho border and the second largest natural freshwater lake in Utah.

Bear Lake has been called the “Caribbean of the Rockies” for its unique turquoise-blue color, the result of suspended limestone deposits in the water.

The waters of the Great Salt Lake also have interesting color properties, as the top half of the lake appears brown while the bottom half appears dark green. This is due to the Lucin Cutoff, a railroad line that runs across the lake on a mostly-solid causeway. As it has only three 100-foot (30 m) breaches, the mixing of the lake waters is restricted. This has caused the northwest arm, Gunnison Bay, to become much saltier than the rest of the lake.