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** Great Salt Lake **

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Location of the Great Salt Lake in Utah.

Great Salt Lake
Great Salt Lake ISS 2003.jpg
Satellite photo from Summer 2003 after five years of drought, reaching
near-record lows. Note the difference in colors between the Northern and
Southern portions of the lake, the result of a railroad causeway.
Location Utah, United States
Coordinates 41°10′N 112°35′W / 41.167°N
112.583°W / 41.167; -112.583Coordinates: 41°10′N
112°35′W / 41.167°N 112.583°W / 41.167;
Type Endorheic, hypersaline, generally 27% salinity
Primary inflows Bear, Jordan, Weber rivers
Catchment area 21,500 sq mi (55,685 km²)
Basin countries United States

Max. length 75 mi (120 km)
Max. width 28 mi (45 km)
Surface area 1,700 sq mi (4,400 km²)
Average depth 16 ft (4.9 m), when lake is at average level
Max. depth 33 ft (10 m) average, high of 45 ft (14 m) in 1987, low of
24 ft (7.3 m) in 1963
Water volume 15,338,693.6 acre·ft (18.92 km^3)
Surface elevation historical average of 4,200 feet (1,283 m), 4,196.6 feet
(1,279 m) as of 2006 August 24

Islands 8-15 (variable, see /Islands/)
Settlements Salt Lake and Ogden metropolitan areas.

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,^[1] and the
fourth-largest terminal lake in the world.^[2] In an average year the lake
covers an area of around 1,700 square miles (4,400 km^2),^[2] but the
lake's size fluctuates substantially due to its shallowness. For instance,
in 1963 it reached its lowest recorded level at 950 square miles


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