18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Salt Flat Striations at Sunrise

A rising sun makes striking lines come to life that criss-cross the Utah Salt Flats. Recent rainfall has caused the salt to form these rare popcorn-style formations (the whitest parts), and earlier water immersion created the ridges. Frequently used for landspeed records, getting a spot clean of any tire tracks meant driving about fifteen miles out on the tundra.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Wendover, Utah, United States of America
Camera: ILCE-7RM4
Copyright: © Brian Clopp