Utah’s Great Salt Lake is a ticking, ecological time bomb

“You drive out on the causeway, taking you to what used to be an island in the middle of the lake. And you can see these vast expanses. They're not quite beaches. They're not really sandy areas. Just dead land,” says New York Times reporter Christopher Flavelle about the Great Salt Lake, which is rapidly drying up. Photo by Shutterstock.

In the 1980s, the Great Salt Lake spanned more than 3,000 square miles. Now it sits at less than 1,000 square miles. Its soil contains toxic chemicals, including arsenic.

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