A ghost lake

Scientists study an ancient lake that once covered much of Utah to learn lessons for the future

By Douglas Fox, 14:38 PM February 1, 2012





The deserts of northwest Utah are wide and flat and dusty. As our car zooms along Highway 80, we see only a few green plants — and one of those is a plastic Christmas tree that someone stood up by the road as a joke.


This may sound like a boring ride, but I can’t help but stare out the car window. Every time we pass a mountain, I notice a line running across its side. The line is perfectly level, as if someone carefully drew it with a pencil and a ruler.


For two hours driving west from Sal...

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