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Welcome to Utah and a brief overview of The Beehive State.

A Rocky Mountain State, Utah is located in the northwestern part of the 48 "conterminous" states. On the north, Utah is bordered by Idaho and Wyoming and on the south Utah is bordered by Arizona. Utah is bordered by Wyoming and Colorado on the east and Nevada on the west.

The Great Salt Lake is located in the northwestern sector of the the state. It is unique.

  • Largest U.S. lake west of the Mississippi River.
  • The 4th largest terminal lake (no outlet) in the world
  • A remnant of Lake Bonneville, a prehistoric freshwater lake that was 10 times larger than GSL
  • About 75 miles long, and 28 miles wide, and covers 1,700 square miles
  • Has a maximum depth of about 35 feet
  • Typically 3 to 5 times saltier than the ocean
  • Fish free, the largest aquatic critters are brine shrimp and brine flies
  • One of the largest migratory bird magnets in Western North America

Source: United States Geological Survey, 3 May 2001, <http://ut.water.usgs.gov/greatsaltlake/)> (23 March 2006)

Utah among the states

  • Statehood: January 4, 1896 (45th state)
  • Abbreviation: Ut. (traditional), UT (postal)
  • Capital: Salt Lake City.
  • Size: 84,899 square miles, includes inland water (11th)
  • Coastline: None.
  • Motto: Industry.
  • State bird: California gull (Larus californicus) adopted 1955.
  • State flower: Sego lily (Calochortus nuttallii) adopted 1911.
  • State song:
  • "Utah, We Love Thee", words and music by Evan Stephens, adopted 1937.
  • "Utah, This is the Place", words by Sam and Gary Francis, music by Gary Francis, adopted 2003.
  • State tree: Blue spruce (Picea pungens) adopted 1933.

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