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Bright Colors of Bolivia’s Geographical Features – June 18th, 2012

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June 18th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Bolivia - June 5th, 2012

Features of Bolivia’s landscape show a diversity of colors: the navy blue of Lake Titicaca,  the bright white of the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, and the intense green and brown waters of Lake Poopó. Lake Titicaca, located in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia, is the largest lake in South America by volume of water. The lake is composed of two nearly separate sub-basins that are connected by the Strait of Tiquina. Water flows out the single outlet at the Rio Desaguadero, which then flows south through Bolivia to Lake Poopó.

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.

 

Sunglint Highlighting Rivers in Amazon Rainforest and Lake Titicaca, South America

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November 1st, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Bolivia, Peru, Brazil - October 30th, 2011

Rivers in the Amazon Rainforest appear silver in color due to sunglint, making their paths across the Brazilian state of Amazonas (above), Peru (left) and Bolivia (right) easy to discern.

Also silvery in color from the sun’s reflection is Lake Titicaca (lower right), on the Peru-Bolivia border. The lake is located at the northern end of the endorheic Altiplano basin high in the Andes. The western part of the lake lies within the Puno Region of Peru, and the eastern side is located in the Bolivian La Paz Department.

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.

Lake Titicaca in the Altiplano Basin, Peru and Bolivia

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September 17th, 2011 Category: Lakes

South America - August 15th, 2011

The large, dark blue body of water standing out against the brown altiplano on the Peru-Bolivia border near the center of this image is Lake Titicaca. It sits 3,811 m (12,500 ft) above sea level, making it the highest commercially navigable lake in the world.

The lake is located at the northern end of the endorheic Altiplano basin high in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia. The western part of the lake lies within the Puno Region of Peru, and the eastern side is located in the Bolivian La Paz Department.

It is composed of two nearly separate sub-basins that are connected by the Strait of Tiquina, which is 800 m (2,620 ft) across at the narrowest point. The overall average depth of the lake is 107 m (351 ft).

Also visible to the southeast of the lake, near the bottom edge, are the greenish Lake Poopó and the white salt flats of the  Salar de Uyuni.

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