8 Facts about The Great Salt Lake
- The Great Salt Lake, a lake in northern Utah, U.S., the largest inland body of salt water in the Western Hemisphere and one of the most saline inland bodies of water in the world.
- Current level the Great Salt Lake is approximately 75 miles long and about 35 miles wide.
- The Great Salt Lake is salty because it does not have an outlet. Tributary rivers are constantly bringing in small amounts of salt dissolved in their freshwater flow.
- The Great Salt Lake is the remnant of Lake Bonneville; a great ice age lake that rose dramatically from a small saline lake 30,000 years ago.
- It is too salty to support fish and most other aquatic species. Several types of algae live in the lake.
- Brine shrimp and brine flies can tolerate the high salt content and feed on the algae. The shrimp eggs are harvested commercially and are sold overseas as prawn food.
- Parts of Utah’s Great Salt Lake are 10 times saltier than the ocean
- The water is so buoyant that people can easily float
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