Spiral Jetty: An artist’s giant, lonely, eerie canvas

If you ever take the long journey to visit what is arguably Utah’s most famous artwork, there are a few things it might be useful to take along for the ride:

An art historian to explain it.

A couple of city dwellers who have never seen it before.

A college student who heard about it in his humanities class.

And a camera-equipped drone to fly overhead.




The Great Salt Lake’s Spiral Jetty is a symbol of Utah’s magnificent history

SALT LAKE CITY — Nestled amid the rocky shores of the Great Salt Lake’s Rozel Point, the Spiral Jetty is more than simply artwork; it’s a testament to the seemingly infinite wonders of nature.


Lawmakers consider making Spiral Jetty official state work of art

SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers took note of the desolate beauty that surrounds the Spiral Jetty as they considered designating the artificial formation to be the official state work of art.


POTD January 24, 2017: Antelope Island, Salt Lake and Davis Counties

Antelope Island, Salt Lake and Davis Counties
Photographer: Andy Cvar © 2017

Evening skies are reflected in Great Salt Lake south of Antelope Island. Otherworldly scenes of wide mudflats are exposed as lake level nears record low elevation.

Google Timelapse: Great Salt Lake, UT

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?

Portions of Great Salt Lake hit record-low after years of declining water levels

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


POTD October 12, 2016: Antelope Island State Park, Davis County

Antelope Island State Park, Davis County

Photographer: Nikki Simon © 2016


Antelope Island is the largest of about a dozen islands in Great Salt Lake. Numerous
ancient lake shorelines cross the slopes of Antelope Island, recording the rise and fall of
Ice Age Lake Bonneville in late Quaternary time.

Survey Notes September 2016 Issue is Here!

Our latest issue of Survey Notes is here!

Find articles on the salt crust on Great Salt Lake’s north arm, the geothermal project near Milford, Utah and more among our regular featured columns.



Check out past issues

Scientists launch nutrient study, plan to map Great Salt Lake, Utah Lake

Hydrologists from Utah and California lowered a sophisticated water quality monitoring device into the murky waters at the Jordan River surplus canal and are now waiting on the story it tells.


Living Rock from the Great Salt Lake, Now in our Permanent Exhibits

In June of 2016, we added a new, living exhibit in the Great Salt Lake Gallery on the third floor of the museum. At first glance, the three stone-looking bumps in a tank aren’t as impressive as the Cretaceous monsters looming in the background. But their humble appearance masks what might be the most awesome creature on display: these lumpy guys are one of the oldest forms of life on Earth.