Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Salt Lake Desert

Sodium Chloride

The Great Salt Lake Desert is located in the northwest of Utah, between the border with Nevada and the Great Salt Lake.  Surrounded and protected by several mountain ranges, this desert is mostly famous for the white salt deposits it features and the unusual vegetation it harbors.
Walking on the NaCl (Sodium Chloride) crust that covers this vast wilderness is an inciting experience.  Definitely worths the visit!

Another characteristic of this high desert, situated more than 4,000 feet above sea level, is its extreme temperatures with hot arid days and cold nights.  The temperature drops to extreme levels after the dark sets in, so I can imagine it could not be a pleasant experience to get lost here.  Don't get lost at night time!

The endless plain of the desert is what remains of the dried up Lake Bonneville, name that is mostly known in the United States for Bonneville Flats race track, where most land speed records were set several decades ago.  People still come here to drive around the salt flats.  Motorcycle ride here is simple awesome.