Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Salar de Uyuni - The World's Largest Natural Mirror

Salar de Uyuni, is the world's largest salt flat at 10,582 km² (4,085 square miles). It is located in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes, 3,650 meters high.

The world's largest natural mirror.
When it is covered with water, the Salar de Uyuni reflects the sky.

You can see every mountain and every cloud reflected in the salar and you can't tell how far away they are or where the sky starts and ends

Salar de Uyuni is estimated to contain 10 billion tons of salt, of which less than 25,000 tons is extracted annually.

The salt is over 10 meters thick in the center. In the dry season, the salt planes are a completely flat expanse of dry salt, but in the wet season, it is covered with a thin sheet of water which makes the most beautiful reflections.

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