Evaporation Ponds Near Great Salt Lake

August 06, 2012

Evap ponds ORIGINAL

Photographer: Patrick Wiggins
Summary Author: Patrick Wiggins

The photo above shows an airborne view of evaporation pond clusters adjacent to Great Salt Lake in Utah. Water from the Great Salt Lake is pumped into the desert flats that border the lake and when this water evaporates, salt, potassium, calcium and other minerals, are left behind. The colors of the ponds result from both the variations in salinity and from the algae content. Note that smoke from wildfires in Colorado made the sky a bit hazy. Photo taken through my Cessna 172's open window, some 1,000 m above the surface, on July 9, 2012.

Photo details: Camera Maker: NIKON CORPORATION; Camera Model: NIKON D70; Lens: 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3; Focal Length: 28mm (35mm equivalent: 42mm); Aperture: f/14.0; Exposure Time: 0.0013 s (1/800); ISO equiv: 400; Exposure Bias: none; Metering Mode: Matrix; White Balance: Auto; Flash Fired: No; Orientation: Normal; Color Space: sRGB; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows.