A friend send me a copy of Grove Gilbert's 1928 USGS report Studies of Basin-Range Structure yesterday.
Gilbert was scientific giant who did a number of pioneering studies of the geology of Utah and the western U.S. He named Lake Bonneville, the historical lake of which the Great Salt Lake is a remnant.
The report appears to have been published posthumously (Gilbert died in 1918). What caught my attention are the many photos of the undeveloped Wasatch Front, which I've added to the end of this post and which would have been taken probably in the early 20th century. They are a reminder of how rapidly we have transformed the landscape in the short period of a century (or less).
What will Utah and our beloved Wasatch Mountains look like in 2050 when we are told the population will be twice what it is today?