In this false color image from 20 August, Sentinel-2A brings us to Utah’s Salt Lake City and surroundings.

Salt Lake City is at at 1300 m (around 4000 ft), bordered by the waters of the Great Salt Lake and the peaks of the Wasatch Range, which rise over 2200 m (around 7000 ft) above the Salt Lake valley floor. The lake, partly visible on the left side of the image, is the largest salt-water lake in the Western Hemisphere. The lighter blue areas denote solar evaporation ponds at the edges of the lake, which produce salts and brine.

Although it has been referred to as "America's Dead Sea”, the lake provides habitat for millions of native birds, brine shrimp, shorebirds and waterfowl.

Mona Evans
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