Saturday, August 23, 2014

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa) is the world's largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi). It is located in the Potosí and Oruro departments in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes and is at an elevation of 3,656 meters (11,995 ft) above mean sea level.

The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. It is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness with the average altitude variations within one meter over the entire area of the Salar. The crust serves as a source of salt and covers a pool of brine, which is exceptionally rich in lithium. It contains 50 to 70% of the world's lithium reserves, which is in the process of being extracted. The large area, clear skies, and the exceptional flatness of the surface make the Salar an ideal object for calibrating the altimeters of Earth observation satellites.

Hereunder are some beautiful analogue photos of Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat.

Salar de Uyuni by ✈ PTO

Salt, anyone..? by wojtt

salt mounds by adam_s_johnson

Salar de Uyuni after the rain by Magnaza

Salar de Uyuni by Jacobo Zanella

Flamencos by jdmoss87

heaven by fuzuki2

Untitled by Jess.Berry

heavenly. by mika-rin
Uyuni #1 by Я £

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