DR. BEDFORD is an assistant professor of geography at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah 84408-1401.
UTAH'S GREAT SALT LAKE: A COMPLEX ENVIRONMENTAL-SOCIETAL SYSTEM*
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2005 American Geographical Society
Volume 95, Issue 1, pages 73–96, January 2005
How to Cite
BEDFORD, D. (2005), UTAH'S GREAT SALT LAKE: A COMPLEX ENVIRONMENTAL-SOCIETAL SYSTEM. Geographical Review, 95: 73–96. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2005.tb00192.x
Many thanks to Ryan Orrock for inviting me to join him on a flight over the Great Salt Lake in December 2003, which allowed me to take many of the aerial photographs that illustrate this article. This manuscript was greatly improved by the comments of Carla Trentelman, the anonymous reviewers, and the editors of the Geographical Review.
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- Great Salt Lake;
- lake management;
- systems approach;
ABSTRACT. The Great Salt Lake in Utah is a highly complex system, consisting of physical and chemical lake properties and environmental and societal subsystems. Components of these subsystems interact in many nonintuitive ways, with the result that changes and management decisions in one part of the lake system can produce unexpected changes elsewhere. The management history of the lake does not show serious consideration of these interconnections, although recent efforts suggest that this may be changing. Legislative and financial support will be required if integrated management of this unique resource is to succeed.