Perspective: Climate Change Gave Us the Great Salt Lake, but It’s Not the Reason It’s Shrinking Today

By William Hayden Smith The Great Salt Lake, or the “Bad Water,” as it was known to the Shoshoni, exists thanks to climate change. The present lake was formed from a much larger lake, Lake Bonneville, about 30,000 years ago. A drier climate reduced Lake Bonneville to the Great Salt Lake’s current dimensions. The lake… Continue Reading

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