Bonneville Shoreline Trail Research Paper

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My hike was carried out in the form of a mountain bike ride with our school’s racing team. It took place northeast of the Utah State Capitol Building along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. This path, however, begins near the University of Utah and ends just shy of the Idaho border. As the name suggests, this footpath was created by Lake Bonneville, a saltwater lake that was at it’s peak 8,500 years ago. The massive lake was nearly completely drained by an enormous natural dam buckling under the immense pressure, causing an enormous flood(O’Connor, 2011). Today, all that remains is the Great Salt Lake. A water mass that is now almost 12 times smaller that Lake Bonneville. The lake has many tributaries flowing into it, resulting in a small incline of salt as time passes. Brine shrimp are barely able to process the high levels of salt in the water making…show more content…
Recognizing them is difficult due to their small size and tone. Often these fragments are mistakes as rocks or large sediment. Many of the native aves in the area use minuscule stones as a deterioration method in their digestive process. Plastics, however, cannot be broken down by the bird's stomach acids alone, and therefore, the shards are unable to leave the bird's gullet. Lodged synthetics cause the bird to believe that it has had a proper meal, but because plastic carries no nutritional value, the fowls die of starvation. This effect is growing worldwide with one of it’s most infamous locations in the Great Pacific garbage patch, where it not only affects birds, but also turtles, fish, and seals. The plastic is able to move through trophic levels and cause bioaccumulation(Sylvia, 1996). Nonetheless, bioaccumulation of plastics in Utah wilderness is still low, but if this pattern continues to grow we will see a steady decline in the populational growth of the inhabitants in our wilderness( Debris,
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