Receding Waterlines at Great Salt Lake Bode Ominously for Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty

February 10th, 2017

As the waterline of Utah’s Great Salt Lake gradually recedes, some are questioning what impact a dried lake could have on Robert Smithson’s famed Spiral Jetty, a work intended to function in concert with changing tide levels.  “We don’t anticipate water back to the lake. We don’t anticipate more precipitation in the future. We anticipate that this drought is a permanent fixture and is likely going to get worse,” says Bonnie Baxter of the Great Salt Lake Institute. “And that’s based on data.”

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