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Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake City

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The Great Salt Lake, located in the northern part of the U.S. state of Utah, is the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere, and the eighth-largest terminal lake in the world. In an average year the lake covers an area of around 1700sqmi, but the lake's size fluctuates substantially due to its shallowness. For instance, in 1963 it reached its lowest recorded size at 950 square miles (2,460 km²), but in 1988 the surface area was at the historic high of 3300sqmi. In terms of surface area, it is the largest lake in the United States that is not part of the Great Lakes region.The lake is the largest remnant of Lake Bonneville, a prehistoric pluvial lake that once covered much of western Utah. The three major tributaries to the lake, the Jordan, Weber, and Bear rivers together deposit around 1.1 million tons of minerals in the lake each year. As it is endorheic (has no outlet besides evaporation), it has very high salinity (far saltier than seawater) and its mineral content is steadily increasing. Due to the high density resulting from its mineral content, swimming in the Great Salt Lake is similar to floating. Its shallow, warm waters cause frequent, sometimes heavy lake-effect snows from late fall through spring.
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  • After the busy cities LA and San Francisco which is also very nice but here than the rest of Utah with its vast deserts and the loneliest Highway of America beautiful and that peace and quiet there. Don't forget to leave with a full tank and water
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  • We had a couple of hours to kill one afternoon prior to a flight from SLC and thought we would take a look at the Great Salt Lake. There is a visitor’s centre with a lot of interesting stuff about the...  more »
  • We had to make a quick stop here when we were in Salt Lake City. There is a little visitors' center with a video and gift shop. We then went down to the lake's shore and checked out all the krill and ...  more »
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  • Beautiful lake, but largely dry these days. The water is miles from most easily accessible places. Still, unbeatable sunsets and sunrises, and stunning bird life. Great sailing.
  • This lake is too salty for my rotisserie chicken. Also made my chicken too moist.
  • this lake made my rotisserie chicken to salty and moist
  • This was such a fascinating park to explore. The water is so saline it actually reacts differently to skin and even rocks which skip incredibly well. There is a variety of unique wildlife and fascinating geography. It reminds me of the Scottish Highlands. The colors of the land are unique. I am glad I went.
  • Good family fun out at Stansbury Island and beautiful views
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