Great Salt Lake

41 Pictures: 1-20 , 20-40 , 40-41

Oquirrh MountainsOquirrh Mountains (08/19/2006) A picture of the North end of the Oquirrh Mountains taken from the Great Saltair.

Kenecott SmokestackKenecott Smokestack (08/19/2006) The Kennecott Smokestock viewed from near the Saltair.

SaltairSaltair (08/19/2006) The entrance to the Saltair concert hall on the shores of the Great Salt Lake.

Saltair TowersSaltair Towers (08/19/2006) Towers on the current Saltair concert hall.

Passenger CarsPassenger Cars (08/19/2006) Two passenger cars abandonned at the old Saltair train station.

Salty FootprintSalty Footprint (08/19/2006) This footprint demonstrates the high salt content of the lake.

Great SaltairGreat Saltair (08/19/2006) The Great Saltair concert viewed from the beaches of the Great Salt Lake.

SaltairSaltair (08/19/2006) This shot includes the Saltair and the Kennecott Smokestack on the other side of the freeway with the Oquirrh Mountains in the distance.

Antelope IslandAntelope Island (08/19/2006) The last time I visited this beach (in the 1990s), this area was covered with water. It is amazing what a few years of drought can do.

Great Salt Lake BeachGreat Salt Lake Beach (08/19/2006) The size of the beach between the Saltair and Great Salt Lake varies with the year and with the season.

Great Salt LakeGreat Salt Lake (08/19/2006) This picture shows Stansbury Peninsula in the Great Salt Lake. There is a tiny sailboat in the middle of the picture.

Antelope IslandAntelope Island (08/19/2006) Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake.

Great Salt LakeGreat Salt Lake (08/19/2006) I80 passes to the north of the Great Salt Lake on this little spit of land on the left side of the picture. The Stansbury Mountains (Deseret Peak, etc.) is in the distance.

RipplesRipples (08/19/2006) Ripples in the lake bottom of the great salt lake.

RipplesRipples (08/19/2006) Yes, I have a fascination with ripples!!! So what?

The Great SaltairThe Great Saltair (08/19/2006) The Saltair Concert Hall viewed from the Great Salt Lake.

Antelope IslandAntelope Island (08/19/2006) Antelope Island viewed from the Great Salt Lake.

The Great Salt LakeThe Great Salt Lake (08/19/2006)

SmokestackSmokestack (08/19/2006) The Kennecott Copper Smokestack viewed from the Great Salt Lake.

SmokestackSmokestack (08/19/2006) The Kennecott Copper Smokestack reflected in the Great Salt Lake.

41 Pictures: 1-20 , 20-40 , 40-41

The Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake is a notable Utah Landmark. This land locked terminal lake sits in the Great Basin and gathers waters from as far East as the Uinta and Wind River Mountains and from the West into Nevada.

The only outlet for the lake is evaporation. Minerals and salts brought from the mountains accumulate in the lake making the Salt Lake extremely salty. Only a few species of algae and brine shrimp live in the lake. The high density of the water means that people float in the water, making the lake a unique salty swimming experience.

The Great Salt Lake has a shallow bed and the surface area of the lake varies greatly with the amount of rain and irrigation in the the Great Basin. In 1963, the lake reached a low of 950 square miles. People thought that the lake might actually dry up completely. The lake reached a high in 1987 when the surface of the lake expanded to 3300 square miles. During the mid 80s, the rising lake threatened I80 and railroad routes through the area.

Just a scant 16,000 years ago, the Salt Lake was part of a much larger lake called Ancient Lake Bonneville which was 1000 feet deep and covered 19,691 square miles. If you are in the Salt Lake Valley, you can see "benches" on the mountainsides left from this ancient lake.

The wetlands around the lake are an important stop for migratory birds. Popular activities at the lake include bird watching and boating. The boaters on the lake have the dubious distinction of being among the saltiest sailors.

The best place to see the lake when traveling across I80 is at the Saltair Concert Hall. The Saltair was once a major resort. Unfortunately, near a inland lake with changing water levels, the resort has a history of receding beaches in dry cycles and floods in wet cycles. The first Saltair resort was destroyed by fire.

This gallery includes images of the Great Salt Lake and the Saltair concert hall.

Context: Lakes

Salt Lake City (434 pictures) Salt Lake City is East of the Great Salt Lake.

Stansbury Island (47 pictures) This gallery shows images of Stansbury Island and the Stansbury Mountains.

Ogden, Utah (176 pictures) Ogden is north of the lake.

Tooele, Utah (46 pictures) Tooele is to the South of the Great Salt Lake.

Interstate 80 (98 pictures) Interstate 80 runs to the South of the Great Salt Lake.

Interstate 15 (87 pictures) I15 and I84 run along the Northeast side of the lake.

Weber River (91 pictures) The Weber River starts in the Uinta Mountains and drains into the Great Salt Lake near Ogden.

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