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Salar de Uyuni: One of the World’s Largest Mirrors

No, it’s not a Photoshop trick! If you have been following us closely, then you may recall us mentioning Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa) in our list of 41 Places To See Before You Die.

Salar de Uyuni (salar is salt flat in Spanish) is currently the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi). Actually, some 30,000–42,000 years ago, the area was part of a giant prehistoric lake, Lake Minchin. When it dried, it left behind two modern lakes and two major salt deserts, Salar de Coipasa and the larger Salar de Uyuni.

Located in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes, 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 large area, clear skies and exceptional surface flatness make the Salar an ideal object for calibrating the altimeters of Earth observation satellites.

When covered with water, this extraordinary place becomes one of the largest mirrors on Earth.

Images: dadi360, Takaki Watanabe

Source: wikipedia

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kasia.gast Kasia Gast via Facebook

    …. stunning!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sbstn.gckl Sbstn Gckl via Facebook

    AMAZING!

  • Wafa Sebri via Facebook

    wonderful *_*

  • Ania Garbowska via Facebook

    Was There..,, amazing !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/antnyg Anthony Gianfrancesco via Facebook

    you are just a lazy panda, how do you even know what a photoshop is?

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    I’m lazy and clever!

  • Sarah Gibson via Facebook

    Been there and it’s amazing!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/antnyg Anthony Gianfrancesco via Facebook

    sometimes it takes being clever to be truly lazy

  • http://www.facebook.com/greet.teunen Greet Teunen via Facebook

    thank you panda, for another great article

  • http://twitter.com/OrfeusAz AZIZE CELIKTAS

    this is a breathtaking place!

  • Pat

    I’ve been there and it is even more beautiful, magical than these pics. It’s where heaven meets earth. :-)

  • Mansi Shah

    gosh, our planet is truly mesmerizing! my next stop for sure bored panda. thanks a ton!

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