Uyuni, the giant white desert

Salar de Uyuni 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.


The Salar serves as the major transport route across the Bolivian Altiplano and is a major breeding ground for several species of pink flamingos. As one of the most interesting attractions in Bolivia, Uyuni is a must visit see during your travel in Bolivia.


Visiting the salt flats during the rainy season might be different as it is during winter time. When it rains, the water cover the surface of the salt flats creating incredible light effects, making it look like a huge mirror above the earth.


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