America's Dead Sea
Picture a still, shallow lake at the bottom of a huge basin.Long after experts insist it should have dried up, the Great Salt Lake of Utah——America's so-called Dead Sea——still exists.
The supposedly dead lake has no fish, but millions of tiny shrimp and several forms of algae——primitive plant life-thrive there, in waters saltier than the ocean.Gulls roost on is-lands in the lake and shore birds nest in the marshes around it.
Ancient beaches high on the sides of the surrounding mountains show that the lake once covered more than twenty times its present area.Other evidence shows that the lake has completely dried up several times in its history.
The lake's level has not dropped much in the last hundred years, despite increased use of water from its sources for irrigation.Current plans for diverting the large Green River into the basin around the lake may even increase the lake's present size.