Utah’s Great Salt Lake has been shrinking for years. Now it faces a drought

Utah’s Great Salt Lake has been shrinking for years. Now it faces a drought

The receding water is affecting wildlife and could send arsenic-laced dust into the air that millions breathe

The silvery blue waters of the Great Salt Lake sprawl across the Utah desert, having covered an area nearly the size of Delaware for much of history. For years, though, the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River has been shrinking. And a drought gripping the American west could make this year the worst yet.

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