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Fire North of Mar Chiquita, Argentina

30.7S 62.8W

June 26th, 2012 Category: Fires, Lakes, Salt Flats

Argentina – June 25th, 2012

A plume of smoke from a fire north of the Mar Chiquita, a saline lake in Córdoba, Argentina, blows northwards and then northwestwards. Some smoke also appears to be hanging in the air just south of the Salinas Grandes, situated to the west of the lake.

Spine of the Andes and Salt Flats in Argentina

38.7S 62.9W

June 18th, 2012 Category: Salt Flats

Argentina - June 5th, 2012

While the spine of the Andes Mountains, running along the Chile-Argentina border, appears bright white due to snowfall, it is not the only bright white feature on the South American landscape nearby: several salt flats are visible to the east, in Argentina. Visible near the foothills of the Andes are the Salinas Grandes, a salt desert in the Córdoba and Santiago del Estero provinces of the Sierras de Córdoba that covers an area of 3,200 mi² (8,290 km²). Further east, salt flats can be seen by the northern shores of the Mar Chiquita, an endorheic salt lake that is the largest of the naturally occurring saline lakes in Argentina. Here, some dust (probably salt and other minerals) can be seen blowing off the Mar Chiquita salt flats and southward over the lake.

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).

Salinas Grandes and Mar Chiquita, Argentina

38.7S 62.9W

April 5th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

Argentina - March 31st, 2012

Salt flats can be observed in several parts of this image of Argentina: the large salt desert of the Salinas Grandes, just below the center of the image, and salt flats by Mar Chiquita, near the right edge.

The Salinas Grandes are located in the Córdoba and Santiago del Estero provinces of the Sierras de Córdoba in Argentina. They cover an area of 3,200 mi² (8,290 km²). They are of industrial importance for their sodium and potassium mines, and they have recently been used for the lithium brine beneath the salt.

Fire by Mar Chiquita, Argentina

30.7S 62.8W

April 3rd, 2012 Category: Salt Flats

Argentina - March 31st, 2012

A plume of smoke can be seen blowing due southward from the northwestern part of Mar Chiquita, in the Argentine province of Córdoba. Sediments and algae can be seen on the lake itself, coloring it dark green. The northern shores are lined by white and grey salt flats.

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