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Mar Chiquita and Salinas Grandes, Argentina

30.6S 62.5W

February 12th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Argentina - January 25th, 2010

Argentina - January 25th, 2010

In a large depression between the Andes Mountains (far left) and the heavily sedimented Paraná River (right) lies the Mar Chiquita, the largest natural salt lake in Argentina. This shallow lake, situated approximately in the center of the image, appears green in color with some white areas of salt flats visible along its shores.

West of the Mar Chiquita lie the salt flats of the Salinas Grandes, white and tan in color. This large salt desert occupies a dry endorheic basin, and is of industrial importance for its sodium and potassium mines.

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