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The Great Salt Lake is getting a little less great - here’s why

The Great Salt Lake is shrinking. Image: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Victoria Masterson

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Satellite images of the Great Salt Lake in 1985 and 2022.
Satellite images show how the Great Salt Lake in the US has dropped almost 7 metres between 1985 and 2022. Image: NASA

Satellite image of the Great Salt Lake in 1985.
The Great Salt Lake in June 1985. Image: NASA
Satellite image of the Great Salt Lake in 2022.
The Great Salt Lake in July 2022. Image: NASA

Chart showing lake elevation of the Great Salt Lake.
The Great Salt Lake has dropped about 6.7 metres since 1985. Image: NASA

Chart showing lake elevation of the Great Salt Lake.
Water levels at the Great Salt Lake have been declining for decades, NASA says. Image: NASA

Infographic showing the nutrient cycle of the Great Salt Lake in Utah.
The nutrient cycle of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Image: State of Utah
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