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Bodies of Water and Phytoplankton, Argentina

32.8S 60.4W

March 28th, 2013 Category: Lakes, Phytoplankton, Rivers

Argentina – March 27th, 2013

Several bodies of water can be seen in this image of Argentina. In the upper left quadrant is the Mar Chiquita, a salt lake in the province of Córdoba, southeast of the white salt flats of the Salinas Grandes. Flowing down from the top right quadrant are the Uruguay and Paraná Rivers, which converge to form the wide, sediment-filled estuary of the Río de la Plata. Continuing south down the coast, a phytoplankton bloom, possibly mixed with sediments, can be seen near the bottom edge.

Dust Blowing Southward off Salt Flats by Mar Chiquita, Argentina

31.3S 62.9W

July 8th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Fires, Lakes, Salt Flats

Argentina – July 7th, 2012

Dust, likely composed of salt and other minerals, blows due southward off the salt flats located near the northern shores of Mar Chiquita, a saline lake in the Argentine province of Córdoba. Visible to the northwest are two other large salt flats: the Salinas Grandes. A plume of smoke from a wildfire near the foothills of the Andes can be observed north of those salt flats, at the top left. The smoke is blowing to the south, similar to the dust.

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.

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.