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Lake Poopó and Salt Flats in Bolivia – May 8th, 2011

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May 8th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Salt Flats

Bolivia - May 1st, 2011

Lake Poopó is a large saline lake located in a shallow depression in the Altiplano Mountains in Bolivia. Here, sediments in the long, wide lake cause its waters to change in color from dark brown to the north to green to the south.

Two large, bright white salt flats can be seen south of the lake. The larger of the two, the Salar de Uyuni, is actually the world’s biggest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi).

The second is Lago Coipasa or Salar de Coipasa, 20 km north of Salar de Uyuni. Its surface area is 806 km². Its eastern shores are lightly tinged with blue.

 

Lake Poopó and Salt Flats in Bolivia – July 30th, 2010

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July 30th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

Bolivia - April 16th, 2010

Bolivia - April 16th, 2010

The large white expanses in the center of this image are two salt flats in Bolivia: the Salar de Uyuni and the Salar de Coipasa. North of the former is the greenish Lake Poopó.

The Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, with a surface area of 10,582 km2 (4,085 square miles). It is situated at an elevation of 3,656 meters above mean sea level.  The white color is due to a few meters of very flat and reflective salt crust.

The Salar de Coipasa is smaller, with a surface area of 2.218 km². It is located slightly higher than its neighbor, at an elevation of 3657 m. The rocks surrounding it are mostly of volcanic origin.

Moving northeastward one comes to Lake Poopó, a large yet shallow, highly saline lake in Bolivia’s Altiplano Mountains. Upon opening the full image, the northern part of the lake is dark blue and the central part contains brown sediments, while whitish salt flats can be seen by the southern shores. The southern reaches of the lake actually have a high salt gradient due to dilution from the freshwater Desaguadero River in the north.

Salt Flats and Atacama Desert, Bolivia and Chile

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February 21st, 2010 Category: Salt Flats

Chile and Bolivia - February 12th, 2010

Chile and Bolivia - February 12th, 2010

The Salar de Uyuni (larger) and the Salar de Coipasa (smaller) stand out as bright reflective white areas in the center of the upper half of this image. The salares, or salt flats, are located in Bolivia, close to the Chilean border.

To the south, in Chile, the Mejillones Peninsula protrudes into the Pacific from the otherwise generally smooth coastline. The Atacama Desert, the world’s driest desert, is visible to the east of the peninsula.

Salar de Uyuni and Salar de Coipasa, Bolivia and Chile

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January 30th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Bolivia - January 5th, 2010

Bolivia - January 5th, 2010

While clouds dot the skies over and around the Andes Mountains and above the Pacific Ocean, the white areas in the center of this image focusing on Bolivia and Chile are two large salt flats: the Salar de Uyuni and the Salar de Coipasa.

The former, also known as the Salar de Tunupa, is the largest salt flat in the world, with a surface area of 10,582 km2 (4,085 square miles). Located near the crest of the Andes, it has an elevation of 3,656 meters above the mean sea level. It 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.

Just northwest of the Salar de Uyuni is the smaller Salar de Coipasa, at an elevation of 3657 m. It is about 70 km long by 50 km wide and has a surface area of 2.218 km², of which 2.193 are located in Bolivia, making it the second largest salar in the country. The rocks surrounding the salar are mainly of volcanic origin.

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