ArmitageShanks
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The Great Salt Lake In Utah Questions...

Thu Jul 08, 2004 10:20 am

Ok, I was thinking...

What is the salt content compared to the ocean? Is there more or less salt than the oceans?

What kind of fish exist in the lake? Any unique species to the lake?

Do people really use it for recreation?

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RE: The Great Salt Lake In Utah Questions...

Thu Jul 08, 2004 10:29 am

I believe the area is currently in a 5 year drought. Salt Lake is pretty low. I was there visiting last week and the areas that were once full of water are bone dry.. So the salt content is higher than it was 5 or so years ago. There is definitely more salt than the oceans and is almost equivalent to the Dead Sea at times. The only thing I saw living was brine shrimp.. It smelled pretty bad too..

I didn't go in the water, but they say it's pretty hard to sink in Salt Lake..  Big grin
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RE: The Great Salt Lake In Utah Questions...

Thu Jul 08, 2004 12:14 pm

"What is the salt content compared to the ocean? Is there more or less salt than the oceans?"

From: http://ut.water.usgs.gov/greatsaltlake/

*The largest U.S. lake west of the Mississippi River
*The 4th largest terminal lake (no outlet) in the world
*A remnant of Lake Bonneville, a prehistoric freshwater lake that was 10 times larger than GSL
*About 75 miles long, and 28 miles wide, and covers 1,700 square miles
*Has a maximum depth of about 35 feet
*Typically 3 to 5 times saltier than the ocean
*Fish free, the largest aquatic critters are brine shrimp and brine flies
*One of the largest migratory bird magnets in Western North America

"Do people really use it for recreation?"

Actually, there is a fairly large sailing contingent (for Utah, anyway) that uses the lake for boating. Also, there is a freshwater apendage to the lake called Willard Bay. It's a popular place for waterskiing and fishing.

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RE: The Great Salt Lake In Utah Questions...

Thu Jul 08, 2004 12:27 pm

Great. Thanks for the info.
 
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RE: The Great Salt Lake In Utah Questions...

Thu Jul 08, 2004 7:28 pm

My friend only important aquatic thing lives in the GSL, brine shrimp X infinity. I even hear they harvest the hardy bastards! When you fly over it, the salinaty makes certain parts of the lake look purple, green, blue...worth looking at.
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RE: The Great Salt Lake In Utah Questions...

Thu Jul 08, 2004 8:12 pm

Take a look at this photo from the a.net database of the Spiral Jetty, a piece of installation art (I think it falls into that category anyway) that someone built on the edge of the lake. It looks like a nice winter scene, right? Well, if you look at the date the picture was taken, you'll see that it was August--that's not snow, it's salt!


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RE: The Great Salt Lake In Utah Questions...

Thu Jul 08, 2004 11:21 pm

Visited the shores of the lake once.

First, the place was filled with millions of flies. We could barely talked, for fear of swallowing bugs. Second, the smell was unbearable; it nearly made me puke.
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RE: The Great Salt Lake In Utah Questions...

Sat Jul 10, 2004 2:27 pm

Only the real pussies will complain about the smell and bugs  Insane

It was a pretty cool experience for me. Just go swimming in it sometime, it's fun, and it's nice to say you've done it. Just don't get any water in your eyes, that's a bitch.

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RE: The Great Salt Lake In Utah Questions...

Sat Jul 10, 2004 10:01 pm

what about that saltair resort. Is that still around?
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RE: The Great Salt Lake In Utah Questions...

Sun Jul 11, 2004 11:26 pm

Saltair is still there. There is no waterslide or anything. It is used mainly for concerts by bands that couldn't fill up a larger venue.

Actually, the Great Salt Lake is great for sailing. Once you get out on the water it is both smell and bug free. Swimming in the lake is pretty fun. You can put both your legs and arms in the air and still float. Plus, because of the shallow depth, it is pretty warm.

Antelope Island is a good place for some hiking and mountain biking.

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