The Great Salt Lake

General Information Product
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The western part of the conterminous United States is often thought of as being a desert without any large bodies of water. In the desert area of western Utah, however, lies Great Salt Lake, which in 1986 covered approximately 2,300 square miles and contained 30 million acre-feet of water (an acre-foot is the amount of water necessary to cover 1 acre of land with water 1 foot in depth or about 326,000 gallons). To emphasize its size, the Great Salt Lake is the largest lake west of the Mississippi River, larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Unnumbered Series
Title The Great Salt Lake
Series title General Information Product
DOI 10.3133/70039229
Year Published 1991
Language English
Publisher U.S. Government Printing Office
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Description 25 p.
Country United States
State Utah
City Salt Lake City
Other Geospatial Great Salt Lake
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