The Bizarre Great Salt Lake and the Peculiar Bonneville Lake
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The Bizarre Great Salt Lake and the Peculiar Bonneville Lake

One of the most peculiar and bizarre lakes in the world is the Great Salt Lake located in the state of Utah in the United States of America. It is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world. Bonneville Lake is another unusual lake. What is its connection to the Great Salt Lake? Keep your mouse scrolling and find the connections of these two bizarre lakes.

One of the most peculiar and bizarre lakes in the world is the Great Salt Lake located in the state of Utah in the United States of America. It is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world. Bonneville Lake is another unusual lake. What is its connection to the Great Salt Lake? Keep your mouse scrolling and find the connections of these two bizarre lakes.

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1. Great Salt Lake is a remnant of a huge ancient lake that extended from Utah into Nevada and Idaho called Bonneville Lake.

2. Bonneville Lake was formed about 32,000 years ago and it existed until about 14,500 years ago. Bonneville Salt Flats, which is used as a speedway for land speed records, is formerly the bottom of Bonneville Lake.

3. Lake Bonneville dried up and leaved Great Salt Lake, Little Salt Lake, Rush Lake, Sevier Lake and Utah Lake as remnants.

4. Great Salt Lake is the largest remnant of Bonneville Lake.

5. Bonneville Lake was named after Benjamin Louis Eulalie de Bonneville, an explorer, fur trapper and a French officer in the US Army.

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6. The gigantic Bonneville Lake occupied an extensive area of 52,000 km² which was about 20 times the size of the present lake.

7. You cannot sink in Great Salt Lake because its water is very salty. It is 8 times saltier than seawater and it buoys out bathers and keep their shoulder and heads above water.

8. Great Salt Lake provides habitat for millions of native birds, brine shrimps, waterfowl, and shorebirds although it is called “America’s Dead Sea”.

9. Great Salt Lake, which is an endorheic lake – a lake with no outlet, is the world’s 4th largest terminal lake and western hemisphere’s largest salt water lake.

10. Its maximum length is 120 km with a maximum width of 45 km and the lake’s surface area is 4,400 km².

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11. The lakes maximum depth is 14 meters and it has 11 islands which serve as nesting areas for various birds. The 3 most popular islands include Cub, Hat and Gunnison.

12. One of the most popular and the largest resort located on the southern part of the lake is Saltair or Saltair Pavilion.

13. The northern arm of the Great Salt Lake contains deposits of poor quality oil making it not practical to extract and purify.

14. Three major rivers and many minor streams fed the Great Salt Lake.

15. More than 3 million tons of salts are added to the Great Salt Lake every year.

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Comments (4)

Fascinating...voted

A well presented article along with the great images as always.

Very interesting facts -- and I've seen that building just outside of Salt Lake City. It's the oddest thing to see in the middle of the desert! Voted.

Brings back memories of the many land speed records that were set on the Bonneville Sal Flats.

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