Shallow saltwater lake in NW Utah, fluctuating greatly in size from 1,100 sq mi to 2,300 sq mi (2,849 sq km to 5,957 sq km)
Webster's New World
A shallow body of salt water of northwest Utah between the Wasatch Range on the east and the Great Salt Lake Desert on the west. The lake is a remnant of prehistoric Lake Bonneville, which covered an extensive area of the Great Basin.
Great-salt-lake Sentence Examples
Such are the Great Salt Lake and Carson deserts in the north, the Mohave and Colorado and Amargosa (Death Valley) deserts of the south-west.
Deposits of rock-salt have evidently been formed by the evaporation of salt water, probably in areas of inland drainage or enclosed basins, like the Dead Sea and the Great Salt Lake of Utah, or perhaps in some cases in an arm of the sea partially cut off, like the Kara Bughaz, which forms a natural salt-pan on the east side of the Caspian.
The physiography of the surrounding country shows clearly that the basin occupied by Great Salt Lake is one of many left by the drying up of a large Pleistocene lake, which has been called lake Bonneville.
The great lake was then gradually reduced by evaporation, leaving only shallow bodies of salt water, of which Great Salt Lake is the largest.
Industrially Great Salt Lake is of a certain importance.