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Mountains, Evaporation Ponds and Agriculture Near the Great Salt Lake, Utah, USA

41.0N 112.4W

November 20th, 2009 Category: Lakes

USA - November 15th, 2009

USA - November 15th, 2009

The Newfoundland Mountains (left center) in Utah, USA, rise up above the flat Great Salt Lake Desert in this orthorectified image. The surrounding salt flats are located at an elevation of about 4000 feet, while the highest summit of the mountain range, Desert Peak, tops out at 6800 feet.

East of the mountain range is the Great Salt Lake (right). The lake is surrounded by both mountainous and flat areas. Of note nearby is an agricultural area composed of circular fields to the north of the lake and a series of evaporation ponds along the southwestern shores, all of which are visible in the full image.

Mountain Ridges Near Great Salt Lake and Desert, Utah, USA

41.1N 112.6W

September 10th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Utah, USA - July 26th, 2009

Utah, USA - July 26th, 2009

Two significant mountain ridges can be observed in thisĀ  orthorectified image of the Great Salt Lake (right) and Desert (left) in the state of Utah, USA.

The ridge rising up above the flat salt desert in the lower left corner is called the Newfoundland Mountains. Their highest summit is the rugged Desert Peak at 6800 feet, ascending about 2800 feet from the surrounding salt flats.

Moving across to the other side of the lake, the Promontory Mountains run north-south and jut out into the water, forming a twenty mile long peninsula whose southernmost tip is called Promontory Point.

Major peaks of the Promontory range are Messix Peak at 7,349 feet (2,239.98 m), Mt. Tarpey at 6,965 feet (2,122.93 meters), and Lead Mountain at 5,781 feet (1,762.05 meters).

The Promontories have historical significance because the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed just north of the range, at Promontory, Utah. Today, trains pass Promontory Point via the Lucin Cutoff, a railroad trestle that crosses the lake, visible here as a white line across the black lake waters.