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Solar evaporation ponds

I was flying into Salt Lake City last week and noticed an interesting landscape (photo above). After returning home I searched Google Maps and saw that this area was identified as "Compass Minerals": "At our Ogden, Utah, location at the Great Salt Lake, we draw highly saline waters from the lake’s most remote areas into very shallow solar evaporation ponds to produce salt, sulfate of potash (SOP) and magnesium chloride.
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