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This will probably be the last of my Salt Lake City/Railroad photos for a while. These are more posts from the old Lucin Cutoff, the rail line that went directly across the Great Salt Lake, and now replaced by a causeway of rock and gravel--a boring dirt road. For more information on this railway, please see my previous few images.

The Great Salt Lake is only 35 feet deep at its greatest depth, and flats like these abound all around it. When rainfall is heavy, these flats fill with a few centimetres of water. The makeup of the mud you see does contain lots of salt, but the flat salt flats, where the Bonneville Raceway is, for example, are almost smooth because they contain so much salt and other minerals. Were you to eat this dirt, an action against which I would advise(!), it would taste very salty, though.

Nearly all rainfall in the Great Basin region, which comprises western Utah and eastern Nevada, ends up in this lake with no outlet. Of course, it only rains from 6-15 inches each year, so it is a real desert! There has been a drought for the past seven years with only about 6-9 inches of rain per year. We have the highest snow pack in state history this year, though, so it looks like our drought might be over. You can see some of this snow pack in the very ski-able mountains in the distance--the Wasatch mountains.

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