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Summer droughts have had a disastrous effect on bodies of water all across the globe, but the negative impacts don't simply stop with "running out of water". . While disruptions to hydropower output and water ecosystems may be more obvious side-effects, evaporation can also mean dangerous chemicals in the water are left behind. The Great Salt Lake, one of the largest lakes in the United States, is famous for its salty waters, but it’s also a harbor of arsenic and heavy metals. Because water doesn't flow away from the lake (and really only ever leaves via evaporation), minerals brought in from historic mining operations remain there today. As the lake evaporates, the toxins can be left behind and become airborne, leaving the threat of an 'environmental nuclear bomb'. . Despite the issue, there isn't a cut-and-dry solution. Salt Lake City and the surrounding desert area already struggle to provide enough water for its citizens (let alone during a drought). And with a growing population - one that is set to grow 50% by 2060 - it puts lawmakers, environmentalists, and its general population in a tight bind. . . Read more about the threat of lake air pollution: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/07/climate/salt-lake-city-climate-disaster.html . Graphic shows a skull within the borders of a toxic-green Utah. The factoid reads: "As Utah's Great Salt Lake recedes, arsenic and heavy metals from the lake can become toxic air pollution." . Pixel Planet Today is created by Terrabyte (https://terrabyte.eco). Give us a follow and keep up with the other stuff we're doing. 🌎❤️ . . #summerdroughts #2022droughts #waterconservation #toxiclake #saltlakecity #pollution #pixelplanet #pixelplanettoday #pixelart #planetfacts #artivism #climatedesign

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