Last Updated: 16th Feb 2011
Salt Lake City is the capital of Utah and was founded in 1847 by Bringham Young and his Mormon followers. Lead to this area by Young who had a divine revelation, the Mormons believed this was destined to be their home where they would establish their Mormon Kingdom.
The city is named after the famous body of water located on the outskirts of the town – the Great Salt Lake as well as for being the host city of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
The Great Salt Lake is the second saltiest body of water in the world (next to the Dead Sea) with salt content varying from 15-25% while the lake itself covers roughly 100 square miles. The lake is so salty because of the lack of a natural outlet for the mineral-laden water that flows into the lake from surrounding streams. Only blue-green algae and brine shrimp can survive in the water.