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Fires in Mountains North of Great Salt Lake, Western USA

42.6N 112.9W

September 24th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA – September 5th, 2012

Fires blazing near the Idaho-Montana border release plumes of smoke that blow due eastward (click here for previous images). While the fires appear to be located in mountainous, forested terrain, land of a more arid nature can be observed to the south, near the Great Salt Lake and Great Salt Lake Desert, in Utah, and in Nevada.

Smoke From Fires in Western USA Blows Southward Across Utah

43.3N 114W

August 19th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA – August 18th, 2012

As wildfires continue to burn in western USA, smoke blows southward towards Utah and the Great Salt Lake and the Great Salt Lake Desert (west of the lake). The fires from which the smoke originates are clustered in the mountains of Idaho, between the Oregon/Washington and Montana borders.

Differently Colored Halves of the Great Salt Lake, USA – February 27th, 2011

41.0N 112.4W

February 27th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Lakes

USA - February 11th, 2011

Snow lies to the east of the Great Salt Lake, located in the northern part of the U.S. state of Utah, while to the west, part of the Great Salt Lake Desert can be observed.

The interesting division of colors in the lake – the intense green southern half and the dark, greenish brown northern half – is caused by the Lucin Cutoff, a concrete causeway that runs across the middle of the lake and prevents the waters of the two halves from mixing.

Snow Around the Great Salt Lake, USA

February 27th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

USA - February 23rd, 2010

USA - February 23rd, 2010

While many areas of terrain near the Great Salt Lake (center right) often appear whitish as they are covered in salt flats, the bright white areas in this image are caused by snow over the states of Nevada (bottom left), Utah (bottom right), Idaho (upper right) and Oregon (upper left).

Here, the Great Salt Lake Desert, east of the lake, appears tan in comparison with the white snow. The lower half of the lake itself appears brighter green than its darker northern half due to a concrete causeway, the Lucin Cutoff, which runs horizontally across and restricts the flow of water.

Great Salt Lake and Wasatch Range, Utah, USA

41.0N 112.4W

December 12th, 2009 Category: Lakes

USA - November 17th, 2009

USA - November 17th, 2009

One of Utah’s defining characteristics is the variety of its terrain.  Eastern Utah, in the lower right quadrant, is a high-elevation area covered mostly by plateaus and basins. Running down the northern center of the state is the Wasatch Range, which rises to heights of about 12,000 feet (3,650 m) above sea level. Portions of these mountains receive more than 500 inches (12.7 m) of snow each year.

The Great Salt Lake and Great Salt Lake Desert can be seen west of these mountains. The southern half of the lake appears greener than the northern half due to a causeway, the Lucin Cutoff, which greatly restricts the flow of water between the two sections.