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Coastal Plains and Valleys and Great Basin of Western USA

39.7N 120W

July 29th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

USA - July 25th, 2011

The fertile green of the western coastal states of Washington, Oregon and California (from top to bottom) is striking in comparison to the more arid terrain of the Great Basin further inland. Parallel to the coast, nestled between mountain ranges is California’s Central Valley, an area of great agricultural production.

The Great Basin is the largest area of contiguous endorheic watersheds in North America and is noted for its arid conditions and Basin and Range topography. The region spans several physiographic divisions, biomes/ecoregions, and deserts. The large white expanse near the right edge of the image are the Bonneville Salt Flats, just west of the Great Salt Lake, in the state of Utah.

Bonneville Salt Flats West of Great Salt Lake, USA

40.7N 113.8W

May 17th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

USA - May 2nd, 2011

The Bonneville Salt Flats appear as a large white expansive stretching across the left side of this image of Utah.

It is a densely-packed salt pan in the northwestern part of the state that is a remnant of the Pleistocene Lake Bonneville, and the largest of many salt flats located west of the Great Salt Lake (the bright green body of water at the top of the image).


Great Salt Lake and Bonneville Salt Flats, USA

40.7N 111.8W

May 14th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

USA - May 1st, 2011

This image shows the Great Salt Lake, located in the northern part of the U.S. state of Utah. Salt Lake City and its suburbs are located to the southeast and east of the lake, while the Bonneville Salt Flats lie to the west.

It is the largest salt water lake in the western hemisphere. In an average year the lake covers an area of around 1,700 square miles (4,400 km2), but the lake’s size fluctuates substantially due to its shallowness.

A railroad line — the Lucin Cutoff — runs across the lake, crossing the southern end of Promontory Peninsula. The mostly-solid causeway supporting the railway divides the lake into three portions: the northeast arm, northwest arm, and southern.

This causeway prevents the normal mixing of the waters of the lake due to the fact that there are only three 100-foot (30 m) breaches. This is why in this image the northern half of the lake appears much darker than the southern half.