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Stunning White Salt Flats of the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia – March 20th, 2013

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March 20th, 2013 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

Bolivia – March 20th, 2013

The bright white area in the lower part of this image is the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, in Bolivia. Salt pans occur in areas which would otherwise be lakes or ponds if the climate did not evaporate the water quicker than the rate of rainfall. The result if the liquid can’t drain is massive deposits of minerals.

The Uyuni salt flats stretch 6,500 miles, making them the biggest in the world. They are even larger than Lake Titicaca, the vast stretch of water shared by Bolivia and neighbouring Peru (visible in the upper part of the image). They are also so flat that NASA uses their surface to calibrate satellite orbits.

Vivid Colors of Lake Poopó and the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia – May 29th, 2012

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May 29th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Salt Flats

Bolivia - May 28th, 2012

Visible north of the immaculate white salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni is a brightly colored green and brown body of water: Lake Poopó. It a large saline lake located in a shallow depression in the Altiplano Mountains in Bolivia, at an altitude of approximately 3,700 metres. The lake is long and wide (90 km by 32 km), and the permanent part of the lake body covers approximately 1,000 km².

The lake receives most of its water from the Desaguadero River which flows from Lake Titicaca at the north end of the Altiplano. The vivid coloring in this image is due to the influx of sediments from the river and the growth of algae. Since the lake lacks any major outlet and has a mean depth of no more than 3 m, the surface area varies greatly. The lake has been designated as a site for conservation under the Ramsar Convention.

 

Salar de Uyuni and Neighboring Lakes, Bolivia

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May 9th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

Bolivia - May 8th, 2012

The vast Salar de Uyuni appears as a bright white expanse on the Bolivian Altiplano, near the border with Chile. It is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi).

Just north of the salar is  Lake Poopó, green from sediments and algal growth. It is a large yet shallow lake in Bolivia’s Altiplano Mountains. To its northwest is the larger and deeper Lake Titicaca, dark blue in color, shared by Peru and Bolivia.

 

Salt Crust of the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

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April 17th, 2012 Category: Salt Flats

Bolivia - April 14th, 2012

The large white expanse in the lower part of this image of Bolivia is the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world. It has a surface area of 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi) and is in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes, at an elevation of 3,656 meters (11,995 ft) above the mean sea level.

The salar 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. The large area, clear skies and exceptional surface flatness make the Salar an ideal object for calibrating the altimeters of the Earth observation satellites.

Lake Titicaca and Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia and Peru

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September 28th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

Bolivia and Peru - August 18th, 2011

Located between Bolivia and Peru, Lake Titicaca is situated at a very high altitude, at over 3800 meters above sea level. Here, its deep waters appear almost black in color.

Visible to the southeast of the lake is the Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa), 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 elevated 3,656 meters (11,995 ft) above the mean sea level. The salar’s white color is due to the fact that it is covered by a few meters of salt crust.