In anticipation of tomorrow’s breaching of the railroad causeway which dissects Great Salt Lake, below is a Google Timelapse of the lake.

Great Salt Lake’s south arm elevation is currently at about 4192.4 feet, roughly 1 foot above its historic low of 4191.35 feet. The north arm is currently at about 4189.1. Typically near the beginning of December winter weather starts a rebound in lake levels. However, with tomorrow’s breaching of the causeway the two arms will mix, raising the north arm an estimated 18 inches and lowering the south arm an estimated 1 foot. Will the south arm drop to a new historic low?

Hoodoo consisting of Jurassic-age Entrada Sandstone, Devils Garden, Garfield County.
Photographer: Marshall Robinson © 2016.


Eroded granitic rock of the Tertiary-age Emigrant Pass pluton at Devils Playground, Box Elder County.
Photographer: Adam McKean © 2016


Employees with the Utah Department of Natural Resources work in every corner of the state, and every year they submit photos in the hope of being featured in an annual calendar.

Check out this week’s edition of Uniquely Utah:



White Rock Bay, Antelope Island, Davis County
Photographer: Jim Davis © 2016
Pink dolomite boulders of the Precambrian-age Kelley Canyon Formation frame the salt-coated beach of White Rock Bay.

Columns of Permian-age Organ Rock Shale seemingly defy gravity in the Land of Standing Rocks in the remote Maze district of Canyonlands National Park, Wayne County.

Photographer: Tyler Knudsen © 2016


FEATURE — Representing a recent discovery of a remarkable past, the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm offers visitors a glimpse at an early Jurassic lakeside habitat via a site uniquely preserved from volcanic destruction. Displayed at this site are not only rare trackways of carnivorous dinosaurs but swim tracks and the fossil fish that dinosaurs consumed. Also displayed are plant fossils which rimmed the shoreline approximately 200 million years ago.


SALT LAKE CITY — The Great Salt Lake has hit yet another record low, according to new data.


SALT LAKE CITY — A big earthquake is predicted to rattle the Salt Lake Valley sometime in the next 50 years, and Salt Lake City has a new program to help those homeowners with houses built earlier than 1970.


High Uintas Wilderness Area, Summit County
Photographer: Adam Hiscock © 2016

The late Precambrian-age Red Castle and Dead Horse Pass Formations, carved by Quaternary glaciers, form the cirque above Henrys Fork basin in the Uinta Mountains. A popular backpacking destination, Henrys Fork basin lies beneath the highest point in Utah, Kings Peak (13,528 feet; on the skyline in middle of photo).