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Effects of a causeway on the chemistry of the brine in Great Salt Lake, Utah

December 1, 2016

During 1958-59, the Southern Pacific Co. constructed a permeable rockfill causeway to carry its railroad tracks across Great Salt Lake. The causeway divides the lake into two parts and interrupts the formerly free movement of brine about the lake. The causeway has caused significant changes in the chemistry of the lake, including a dilution of the brine in the south part of the lake and a concentration of the brine in the north part.