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Antelope Island photograph by Tucapel United States

Antelope Island
a beautiful photograph by

Tucapel

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Country : United States
Area : Antelope Island

Comments
The photo was taken at the south end of Great Salt Lake near Salt Lake City, Utah.
Canon EOS 40D, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, ƒ/22.0, 24.0 mm.



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Antelope Island

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antelope_Island

Antelope Island, with an area of 42 square miles (109 km2), is the largest of 10 islands located within the Great Salt Lake, Utah, United States. The island lies in the southeastern portion of the lake, near Salt Lake City and Davis County, and becomes a peninsula when the lake is at extremely low levels.

The first known non-natives to visit the island were John C. Fremont and Kit Carson during exploration of the Great Salt Lake in 1845, who "rode on horseback over salt from the thickness of a wafer to twelve inches" and "were informed by the Indians that there was an abundance of fresh water on it and plenty of antelope".[2] It is said they shot a pronghorn antelope on the island and in gratitude for the meat they named it Antelope Island.

Antelope Island has natural scenic beauty and holds populations of pronghorn, bighorn sheep, American bison, porcupine, badger, coyote, bobcat, and millions of waterfowl. The bison were introduced to the island in 1893, and Antelope Island Bison Herd has proven to be a valuable genetic pool for bison breeding and conservation purposes. The bison do well because much of the island is covered by dry, native grassland.