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Mar Chiquita and Salinas Grandes Salt Flats, Argentina

38.7S 62.9W

April 20th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

Argentina - April 15th, 2012

Visible near the right edge of this image of the Argentine province of Córdoba is the Mar Chiquita, a large salt lake. It is fed primarily by the saline waters of the Dulce River, coming from Santiago del Estero in the north after being joined by the Saladillo River.

The lands around the lower course of the Dulce and Mar Chiquita are wetlands, populated by a large biodiversity (especially aquatic birds). From the southwest the lake receives the flow of the Primero/Suquía and the Segundo/Xanaes rivers, as well as several streams; these inflows vary greatly from dry to rainy seasons.

Salt flats can be seen by the lake’s northern shores. Also visible in the upper left quadrant are the salt flats of the Salinas Grandes, a salt desert in the Córdoba and Santiago del Estero provinces that covers an area of 3,200 mi² (8,290 km²).

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