This may not seem like an imminent issue, but it's one that will affect everyone in the car hobby as the deterioration continues. The Bonneville Salt Flats are a historic and pertinent part of the automotive hobby. Regardless whether you're into classic, modern, American, foreign or some other type of car, the Salt Flats are important for the automobile hobby in general.

From movies and commercials, to photo shoots and automotive engineering, the use of the Salt Flats brings lots of business each year. Our nation as a whole benefits from world-wide publicity off our Nation's great landmark. The Flats should be taken care of, and those with an interest in fast cars should see the direct benefit of its preservation.

Administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the Bonneville Salt Flats are officially deemed an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). The place where history has been made repeatedly for land-speed records is losing ground, literally.

Starting with 96,000 acres of land, this ancient landmark has been reduced to 30,000 acres. You may be wondering: "how is this possible?" Well, the Flats' thickest area is at the center, the further one travels from the center, the thinner it becomes. As the wind blows and the temperature rises and cools, the salt evaporates. There is a current mission to save the flats by pumping salt water into the area, but of course, this is rather pricey and the government has better things to spend its money on. A brief history: A salt water lake once spread across northern Utah, at a max depth of 1,000 feet, 17,000 years ago. As Lake Bonneville receded, evaporation left large concentrations of dissolved minerals including halite (table salt).

In 1833, explorer Joseph R. Walker mapped the Great Salt Lake while working for Captain Benjamin L.E. Bonneville. Though Bonneville never saw the flats, it was common for explorers to name newly found territory after whoever commissioned the exploration. This dried-up lake bed is now known as The Bonneville Salt Flats; a well-known marvel comprised of approximately 90% salt. The surface is wide and flat enough to see the curvature of the Earth.

So... how can You help?

Financial donations are essential for saving the Salt Flats, these contributions are tax-deductible contribution, an IRS-recognized Section 501(c)(3) for a charitable organization. There are tiers of donation: Board of Directors $3,000; Guardian $1,500; or Salt Mine $500. Each option for donation comes with different level of participation in the preservation effort, along with a certificate and gift.

Please visit THIS SITE to make a donation using PayPal or download the donation form to donate using cash or credit card. Bonneville needs your help!

If you don't have the finances to donate, but would like to help raise awareness, purchase some nifty "Save the Salt" memorabilia via the online store:

Buy cool "Save the Salt" swag HERE

If you'd like to learn more about the history of the Bonneville Salt Flats, visit the government website:

The history of the Bonneville Salt Flats

To learn more what each level of sponsorship signifies and about the charity, visit this link:

Learn about the charity HERE