Bonneville Salt Flats

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The Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah is perhaps one of the most barren places in the United States. Formed during the last ice age, Lake Bonneville covered nearly two-thirds of Utah and was almost 1000 feet deep where the Flats are today. When the lake began to dry up, it left 30,000 acres of dried table salt. Each winter, a shallow layer of standing water floods the surface of the salt flats. During spring and summer, the water slowly evaporates while winds smooth the surface into a vast, nearly perfect flat plain. The flats also have a history of speed racing with auto enthusiasts continually trying to set speedy new records.