I hope you had a great weekend! We went to the Spiral Jetty this weekend to get out of town. When we got there it was unusually crowded and the Great Salt Lake water was at a low level with pink water.
What is going on here?
The Spiral Jetty is a unique piece of land art created by Robert Smithson. He was married to Nancy Holt. Robert Smithson died in an airplane crash a few years after he made this artwork in April of 1970! The Spiral Jetty is 50 years old and it is celebrating it's birthday this month!!! A lot of people come up to see the Spiral Jetty on it's birthday! :)
On the way to the Spiral Jetty you drive past The Golden Spike National Historic Site. The Golden Spike connected East Coast Trains with West Coast Trains and formed the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1869!
Why is the lake low? The Great Salt Lake is the end-of-the-line for water that melts and runs into the lake during the spring. It may be low because there is still snow melting in the mountains that will run into the lake, or, people take the water from streams to live, and the lake has a natural process of shrinking and growing due to changes in the climate.
Why is the Great Salt Lake Pink? The Great Salt Lake is Pink because it is full of living microbes that have a rosy hue and they are growing in abundance right now due to the right weather and temperatures.
If you get a chance to go on a drive with your family- you can head up to the Great Salt Lake.... don't move rocks and don't leave trash! It is a special artwork that is owned by the Dia Foundation and is a significant cultural artifact of Utah. The drive is about 2 hours North with a turn off at Corrine Utah.