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John Dotta

At Mono Lake

Scott Doenges

Sunset on the Great Salt Lake

Antelope Island, near Syracuse, Utah, USA

June 21, 2005 - 9:00 PM MST

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© 2005 Scott Doenges, All Rights Reserved.

Caption

View from the northern-most point of Antelope Island, the largest of the Great Salt Lake's 10 islands. The island is reachable via a causeway and is home to a herd of over 600 American Bison, which were first transplanted there in 1893.

15,000 years ago, about 20,000 sq. mi. of Utah, Idaho and Nevada were covered by Lake Bonneville, which shrank over time in catastrophic floods. Today the Great Salt Lake covers about 1,700 sq. mi. It is the world's 33rd largest lake, with an average depth of only 14 feet. The earliest evidence of humans near the lake's shores was about 10,000 years ago.

Because the lake has no outlet all the minerals are trapped, making the water far too salty for fish, but the water teems with tiny brine shrimp and the shores crawl with a dense, swarming black carpet of brine flies. The rotting brine shrimp, algae, and pungent minerals account for the lake's notorious stench.

Location

USA-Canada / USA-Utah

Lat: 41° 03' 35" N
Long: 112° 15' 08" W

Elevation: 4200 ft.

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Precision is: Unknown / Undeclared.

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Equipment

Sony Cybershot F717, Raynox FE180Pro lens, Kaidan QuickPan spherical head, Hakuba 504-MX tripod. Composed with Stitcher 4 on a PowerMac G5 2x2GHz.
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