America's Dead Sea is four times saltier than the world's oceans

Anita Durairaj

The Great Salt Lake in northern Utah has been called "America's Dead Sea" because of its high salinity. It is saltier than the world's oceans and in some parts can be as much as 10 times saltier.

It is one of the most saline inland bodies of water in the world and is similar to the Dead Sea located in the Jordan Rift Valley.

The origin of the Great Salt Lake goes back to prehistoric times when northern Utah was underwater. It is a remnant of a prehistoric body of water called Lake Bonneville.

The Great Salt Lake exists within an arid environment and displays similar chemical characteristics as the world's oceans.

On average, the Great Salt Lake is said to be 3 to 8 times saltier than the oceans.

Although the Great Salt Lake is salty, the water flowing into the lake is fresh. However, there are always small amounts of dissolved minerals and as the water evaporates from the lake, the minerals are left behind. Over thousands of years, the minerals left behind accumulated to high levels leading to the high salinity of the lake.

The Great Salt Lake experiences fluctuations and its environmental conditions vary with the seasons and the years. It fluctuates in its water levels and salinities.

Although the lake has been called "America's Dead Sea", it is still teeming with life and is home to millions of birds, brine shrimp, and waterfowl. However, due to the high salinity, there are only a few fish in the lake

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