Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt plain. This is incredible as there are over a million worldwide. As well as being very large and vast, the salt plains are a beautiful sight to behold, that’s why I am naming them number 22 on this list.
The salt flat is 10,582 square kilometres (4,086 sq mi). The land is located in the Daniel Campos Province in Potosi of south-west Bolivia. It is near the crest of the Andes and it’s altitude is 3,656 metres (11,995 ft) above sea level.
The salt plain was formed because of several transformations between prehistoric lakes. The plains are extraordinarily flat, there is only a variance of 1 metre over the full 10.5k square kilometre area.
Salar de Uyuni contains 50 – 70% of the entire worlds lithium reserves which is currently being extracted from the area (One of Bolivia’s main economic strengths). The salt plains of Bolivia are very good for capturing images of the night sky and satellites.
When covered with water the salt plains are super reflective and you can see everything, this is another reason it’s a great place to view the night sky because you can even look to the floor at night and see everything!
The Salar is a prime location for flamingos to breed because of the constant temperatures and danger-free area the plains offer to them.
Salar de Uyuni is very important for the transport of goods around Bolivia and many use it as a road to travel.
Salar de Uyuni is truly spectacular and it is forever expanding larger. One day I do wish to visit the area and I have certainly added it to my bucket list!
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Sam – Witterit.com