This is Salar de Uyuni, a salt flat measuring 10,582 sq km located in Bolivia’s southwestern regions of Oruno and Potosi. Around 400,000 years ago this location was part of the great Lake Minchin, which has since dried out leaving behind two lakes, Poopo and Uru Uru, and two salt flats, this being the largest.
When it rains, the flat surface becomes covered with a shallow pool of water, this acts as a gigantic mirror reflecting the sky, and everything else effortlessly!
Cool eh? But wait, there’s more!
The area is so reflective it is utilised as a calibration tool for satellites, or more specifically; remote sensing instruments. It is considered to be 5 times better for calibration than the surface of the oceans. Impressive!
For more photos and information on the salt flats see here: http://www.kuriositas.com/2011/08/salar-de-uyuni-spectacular-sea-of-salt.html
Photo courtesy of: Diego Salgado Mohor
Admission would be $8.57 in 2014 dollars.
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