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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Great Salt Lake has hit a new historic low for the second time in less than a year as the ongoing megadrought worsened by climate change continues to shrink the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi.

Utah Department of Natural Resources said Monday in a news release the Great Salt Lake dipped Sunday to 4,190.

1 feet (1,277.1 meters). That is lower than the previous historic low set in October, which at the time matched a 170-year record low.

Lake levels are expected to keep dropping until fall or winter, the agency said.

Dwindling water levels at the giant lake just west of Salt Lake City puts millions of migrating birds at risk and threatens a lake-based economy that’s worth an estimated $1.3 billion in mineral extraction, brine shrimp and recreation. The expanding amount of dry lakebed could also send arsenic-laced dust into the air that millions breathe, scientists say.

The state’s Republican-led Legislature is trying to find ways to reverse the trend, but it won’t be easy. Water has been diverted away from the lake for years for homes and crops in the nation’s fastest-growing state that is also one of the driest.

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GARETH BALE rolled back the years with a superb solo goal for Los Angeles FC.

And club boss Steve Cherundolo says the eye-catching individual effort proves the Wales captain can still run.

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— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 7, 2022 3Gareth Bale picked up the ball with two defenders for companyCredit: TUDN TV 3Bale somehow made it into the box before firing a strike into the cornerCredit: TUDN TV 3It was a second goal for the Wales international since joining LAFC last monthCredit: TUDN TV

Bale came off the bench to score his second MLS goal in the 87th minute of the 4-1 win at Real Salt Lake on Sunday morning.

His effort came when the 33-year-old picked up the ball just inside the Salt Lake half.

Bale then skipped past his marker Justen Glad with a decent turn of pace before firing home with his trademark left foot.

The goal was worthy of the incredible reaction by the MLS commentator - who was sent wild by Bale's solo strike.

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His finish provoked a deafening shriek of "goal" before the commentator shouted: "And Gareth Bale does it again."

The glorious strike evoked memories of Bale in his prime, scoring fine solo goals for Tottenham, Real Madrid and Wales.

LAFC boss Cherundolo said: "It's a great moment for Gareth and the team. He's a well-liked guy in the group and elsewhere. It was a well-taken goal.

"We told Gareth after the game, 'Now we all know he can run and there is no hiding.'

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"So we were ecstatic for him.

"He feels healthier and more fit by the day and I'm sure we will see more of that to come."

Bale's second goal in just five sub appearances continued his impressive start to life Stateside as LAFC grabbed a fifth successive league win to remain top of the Western Conference.

He left Real when his contract expired at the end of June and has enjoyed life at his new club in California.

Bale even looked happy as he was reunited with his old Madrid pals in LA when the Spanish giants spent time on the west coast of USA during pre-season last month.

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