I added back a link that was removed for link spam. I checked out the website and there was no advertising whatsoever. I thought there were some beautiful pictures of the Uintas. The link made this article better. If you have an issue, just look at the website and judge for yourself Pictures of the Uintas. Epachamo 01:49, 29 October 2006 (UTC)
Claim regarding "majority" drainage to Great Salt Lake
- The Bear and Weber Rivers, the two largest tributaries of Great Salt Lake, rise on the northern side of the range. The Provo River, the largest tributary to Utah Lake, rises in the southern side of the range. Utah Lake itself drains via the Jordan River into Great Salt Lake: thus, Great Salt Lake receives a majority of its water from the Uinta range.
However, the entire drainage of the Bear+Weber+Provo discharge is 11820+2430+710 sq mi, while the drainage from the Uinta Mountains is less than 172 +727 +710, so it is preposterous to claim without source that <15% of the drainage area has sufficient precipitation, particularly considering downstream reductions (e.g., agricultural diversions),* to contribute a "majority" of the discharge into the Great Salt Lake.
- For example, the Bear's annual drainage reduces 30% from 18 million acre-feet (UT/WY border) to 12.5M acre-feet (Stewart Dam, Montpelier ID) despite a 17-fold increase of drainage area from 172 to 2853 square miles.
The preceding text was hidden in the body of the article - clearly a place where it does not belong. The original writer signed the writing but s/he used the four-tilde method which here, inserts my name instead of his/hers so I have removed the four-tilde signature. I think that the writer of the preceding is User:188.8.131.52.
- I've restored part of the "hidden" content. Seems it was blanked by a sock of a now banned user. I've left out the disputed thus, Great Salt Lake receives a majority of its water from the Uinta range. pending further review. Vsmith (talk) 20:46, 18 September 2011 (UTC)
- I'm not sure I quite understand the issue here, but according to http://www.utahrivers.org/programs/bear-river/ the Bear River alone provides 60% of the surface water inflow to Great Salt Lake. A couple of quotes from some pages at greatsaltlakeinfo.org: "The majority of the surface inflow to the Great Salt Lake comes from the Bear River watershed, followed by the Weber River watershed and the Utah Lake watershed" (, nice map diagram too); "The vast majority of water to the Great Salt Lake is provided by surface flow (and groundwater to a much lesser extent) from the three sub-basins to the east of the Great Salt Lake (Bear River, Weber River, and Jordan/Provo River), which have their source catchments located in the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains" (). Maybe I've misunderstood this thread, but it seems clear to me that Great Salt Lake does indeed "receive a majority of its water from the Uinta range". I'd be surprised if it didn't. Where else do sizable rivers originate in the lake's drainage basin? Pfly (talk) 08:52, 19 September 2011 (UTC)
- Hmm, reading over this again, is the issue about how much water the rivers get from the Uinta Mountains and how much from the Wasatch? I guess I thought of them as two parts of the same range. If that is the issue, either it will be a bit trickier to tease out, or one could simply say the Uinta along with the Wasatch contribute the majority of water to Great Salt Lake. Pfly (talk) 09:15, 19 September 2011 (UTC)