Salt crystals of the Great Salt Lake
by Jennifer Ziesch, State Authority for Mining, Energy and Geology, Hannover, Germany
This close-up of beautiful salt crystals show the high salinity (up to 27%) of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. The large salt lake lie on a flat plain about 1300 m above sea level. The salt lake is bordered to the east by the beautiful high Uinta Mountains (3700 – 4100 m) – part of the Rocky Mountains – and to the west by a huge salt desert, which developed towards the end of the last Ice Age due to dehydration. A semi-arid climate characterizes the landscape of the lake and surrounding area.
I took this close-up photo of a footprint last summer. The salt crystals were formed in their full beauty.
Jennifer Ziesch (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu)