Salt Lake City

Last Updated: 16th Feb 2011

<p><img src="http://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/north_america/Jordan_Allen/New_Photos/DSCF7452.JPG" class="rightwise" title="salt lake" alt="salt lake" /></p> <p>Salt Lake City is the capital of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/utah">Utah</a> 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.</p> <p>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 <a href="/contikipedia/articles/olympic-cities-visited-by-contiki">Olympics</a>.</p> <h2>The Great Salt Lake</h2> <p>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.</p>