Astronaut Paolo Nespoli captured from ISS Great Salt Lake, U.S.

Credit: Paolo Nespoli, ESA, NASA

The Great Salt Lake is the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere, and the eighth-largest terminal lake in the world. On average, the Great Salt Lake is 4 times saltier than the ocean and also has heavy metals, high concentrations of sulfur and petroleum seeps. In spite of all this, the lake is the saltiest body of water to support life. The lake hosts brine shrimp, algae and a diverse array of microbes, not to mention the roughly 5 million birds that migrate there annually.

Local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: Joint Genome Institute

Reference: Paolo Nespoli’s Tweet
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