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(June 16–21, 2005)

Carl von Einem

Sunset over Lödensee

David Egbert

The Great Salt Lake

Near Tooele, Utah, USA

4:20pm June 16, 2005

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The Great Salt Lake is the largest U.S. lake west of the Mississippi River. It's the 4th largest terminal lake (one with no outlet) in the world. It usually has a maximum depth of about 35 feet and is about 75 miles long and 28 miles wide, depending on later levels. The Great Salt Lake is typically 3 to 5 times saltier than the ocean which sometimes allows people to actually float in the water without swimming. There's no fish in this lake, but there are lots of brine shrimp and brine files!

The building closest to the shore is Saltair, which was originally built in 1893 as a water resort. It was a very popular resort in the early 1900s. Unforunately, the original structure burned to the ground in 1920. Since then, two more resorts have been built in the area with the same name. The large smokestack in the panorama is part of the Bingham Canyon Copper Mine, one of the largest copper mining operations in the world.

Salt industries take about 2.5 million tons of sodium chloride and other salts and elements from the lake each year.

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Great Salt Lake
Bingham Copper Mine
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