South Rim of the Great Basin

South Rim of the Great Basin (HM8F)

Location: Cedar City, UT 84720 Iron County
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N 37° 34.612', W 113° 9.679'

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The low ridge at the south end of this valley forms the south rim of the Great Basin, which in prehistoric times was the bed of a vast body of water now referred to as Lake Bonneville. It was so named in honor of Captain Benjamin L. E. Bonneville, who in 1833 directed the first scientific exploration of its largest remnant—Great Salt Lake.

Lake Bonneville extended 350 miles to the north and was in places 145 miles wide, with a maximum depth of 1050 ft. Its shoreline is clearly discernible on the mountain slopes fringing the basin. Through the Red Rock Pass in what is now southern Idaho, the lake drained into the Pacific Ocean, its waters flowing down the Portneuf, Snake, and Columbia Rivers.

Of this large body of water, the Great Salt Lake, Utah, Sevier, and other small lakes remain. Lying in the lowest part of the lake bed and having no outlet, Great Salt Lake has become the "Dead Sea" of the Western Hemisphere.
HM NumberHM8F
Placed ByUtah State Road Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 7:39am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 309145 N 4161064
Decimal Degrees37.57686667, -113.16131667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 34.612', W 113° 9.679'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 34' 36.72" N, 113° 9' 40.74" W
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Area Code(s)435, 801
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 744-798 Old U.S. 91, Cedar City UT 84720, US
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