Reflective Beauty at the World’s Largest Salt Flat

The Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa) in southwest Bolivia is the largest salt flat in the world. An incredible 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi) location to shoot a surrealistic bright clouds image.  The large abandoned area, clear skies and exceptional surface flatness make the Salar one very giant mirror after a rainstorm.

The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. 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. The crust serves as a source of salt and covers a pool of brine, which is exceptionally rich in lithium. It contains 50 to 70% of the world’s lithium reserves, which is in the process of being extracted. [Source]

We selected some incredible images by photographer Takaki Watanabe. Enjoy!

 

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Picture by Takaki Watanabe

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