8 Facts about The Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake

8 Facts about The Great Salt Lake

  1. 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.
  2. Current level the Great Salt Lake is approximately 75 miles long and about 35 miles wide.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. It is too salty to support fish and most other aquatic species. Several types of algae live in the lake.
  6. 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.
  7. Parts of Utah’s Great Salt Lake are 10 times saltier than the ocean
  8. The water is so buoyant that people can easily float

~Source Wikipedia

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