Great Salt Lake
The Great Salt Lake is a massive saline lake in the United States. It is in the state of Utah. It is an endorheic lake, meaning that the water in it does not flow to the ocean. The lake, one of the biggest endorheic lakes in the world, is in the Great Basin, a large area of desert terrain covering parts of the states of Nevada, Utah, Idaho, California, and Arizona. It is a very salty lake, and is many times saltier than the average of the world's oceans.
The lake is about 75 miles (121 km) long and 28 miles (45 km) wide. Its surface area averages 1,700 square miles (4,400 square kilometers) but because of its desert location, its size changes very often. The three major rivers that flow into it are the Jordan, Weber, and Bear rivers. Because of its similarity to the Dead Sea in Asia, it has been called "America's Dead Sea". However, the lake is a rich habitat for many species of bird, shrimp, and other animals.
References[change | edit source]
- "USGS GNIS Detail:Great Salt Lake". http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=105:3:4205694310145890::NO::P3_FID,P3_TITLE:1441459%2CGreat%20Salt%20Lake. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
- "The Great Salt Lake Information Sheet". Utah Geological and Mineral Survey, U.S. Department of Natural Resources. http://geology.utah.gov/online/pdf/pi-8.pdf. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
- "Great Salt Lake- a lively recreational jewel". Deseret News. http://deseretnews.com/misc/gsl/100013637.htm. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
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- Great Salt Lake - Detailed Information Utah.com
- Science at the Great Salt Lake: Westminster College's student research at the lake.
- Friends of Great Salt Lake
- Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
- Earth Observatory images of the Great Salt Lake
- United States Geological Survey map of the Great Salt Lake
- Friends of the Great Salt Lake map of the Great Salt Lake
- Great Salt Lake Basin Hydrologic Observatory
- Ogden Convention and Visitor's Bureau Great Salt Lake facts
- United States Geological Survey Real-time data
- Great Salt Lake Photographic Survey
- Mineral Resources International