DEIMOS-1 Image of the week (acquired 31/5/2015): Great Salt Lake
This image shows the eastern part of Great Salt Lake, located in northern Utah, USA. The lake is the largest remnant of Lake Bonneville, a prehistoric pluvial lake that once covered a large portion of western Utah.
Salt Lake is the largest salt water lake in the western hemisphere and the fourth-largest terminal lake in the world. The lake has a high salt concentration being unusually dense. Most of the salts dissolved in the lake are deposited in the desert flats around it. The line visible at image’s bottom left is the Lucin Cutoff railway. The causeway supporting the railway divides the lake and prevents the normal mixing of waters. Solar evaporation ponds are visible in the image’s center and a portion of Fremont island is also visible (bottom). The ponds, based on water evaporation process, produce salts and brine (water with high salt concentration).