29 Jun '16, 7pm

PHOTOS: The Great Salt Lake is drying up and it could have a global impact

Reduced levels have also caused problems related to the railway causeway that divides the lake in half. Reduced water is causing erosion , which threatens to collapse the 20-mile railroad causeway that traverses the lake. But even more distressing, the raised causeway, coupled with the lower water level, has prevented water from moving between the two sides of the lake, essentially killing the northern half of the lake. Since a majority of the fresh water feeds into the lake from the south, the northern half of the lake hasn’t been receiving fresh water, raising the salinity. When viewed from the air, the northern half of the lake appears to be pink. That’s because the lake’s main inhabitant – brine shrimp – can’t survive in the saltier water, leaving behind salt-loving bacteria with a pinkish hue.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/photos-the-great-salt-lake-is-drying...

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