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Terminal Mirage

© David Maisel

Terminal Mirage is an aerial survey of the Great Salt Lake and its environs, a surreal, apocalyptic, and strangely beautiful region. The Great Salt Lake is a “terminal” lake- it has no natural outlets- and this physical property results in the lake’s exceptional richness in sodium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, sulfate, and other elements. Depicted in Terminal Mirage are the 40,000 acres of commercially operated evaporation ponds that ring the lake’s perimeter, the Tooele Army Depot, where 900 munitions storage igloos sprawl across the valley floor, and the Magcorp Magnesium Chloride Plant and its accompanying waste water ditches on the western side of the lake.

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