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Thursday, June 02, 2011

Interpretative Panels Provide Info On Great Salt Lake and Salt Flats

5 interpretative panels have been placed at a popular stopping spot along I-80, on the southern end of the Great Salt Lake. The provide travelers with info on the lake and the adjacent Bonneville Salt Flats – two attractions that are of interest to many people traveling through Utah.

The panels are in the Lee Creek area, near the old Saltair complex, just west of Salt Lake City.

The Deseret News has this article about the panels. Below are excerpts.

The panels depict the unique nature of salt-living plants, the diversity of migratory waterfowl and the array of geologic forces over billions of years that have given rise to the area.

"The saline flats and adjacent uplands are the ultimate stereotype for barrenness," said Ella Sorensen of the National Audubon Society. "Conventional wisdom declares them worthless and dead, boring and dull."

"These lands and adjacent waters are not barren, nor are they dead, boring or dull," she said, adding that their simplicity masks incredible complexity.

How to get there:
Take 1-80 west toward Wendover, get off exit at 7200 West, turn right at the stop sign and then immediately turn left onto the frontage road that parallels the interstate. Drive west to a small parking area to the north of the road. This area is the closest point of access to the Great Salt Lake for people in the Salt Lake Valley.

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