Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Salty

 
Antelope Island State Park sits in Great Salt Lake to the west of Salt Lake City. It's all that remains of a large prehistoric landlocked sea.  As a consequence the beaches of Antelope Island are a combination of light-brown sand and salt.

Because it is so shallow -- only about 30 feet at its deepest -- there are very little waves or currents. The result is that the smooth surface reflects like glass, an effect that shows up best near sunset when it mirrors the glorious oranges and pinks of the setting sun.


The salt concentration in the water is so high that a person can easily float on the surface with no treading of water required.





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