Mirror, Mirror on the ground, watching myself in great astound; swirling round to explore; chasing the nature’s marvelous store………………Well, well, well, I’m not attempting poetry but attributing these lines to the natural reflective wonder of Southwest Bolivia that is Salar De Uyuni. Being the world’s largest salt flats, Salar De Uyuni stretches itself upto 10,582 square kilometers. Vast stretches of shimmering white salt leaves you mesmerized. The mystic*mystic*
➤ (n) someone who believes in the existence of realities beyond human comprehension
➤ (s) having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding
➤ (a) relating to or resembling mysticism
➤ (a) relating to or characteristic of mysticism
…by BeeDictionary.com flatness of these salt flats are accentuated by piles of salts and small islands referred to as Isla Incahausi.
Formation of the Salt Flats:
Salar is a Spanish term which means salt flat whereas Uyuni is derived from Aymara language which means a pen. So, inshort, we can translate Salar De Uyuni to “salt flats with enclosures”. Salar De Uyuni resides in the high Altiplano plateau that was formed during the upliftment of the Andes mountain range. The Altiplano plateau hosts both the freshwater and salt water lakes alongside Salar De Uyuni. Scores of mountains enclose this plateau with no scope for drainage outlets. Statistics from the geological history reveal that around 30,000 to 42,000 years ago this area was a portion of the prehistoric salt lake Lago Minchin; a giant lake that underwent a series of sequential transformation during the later years. It is also believed that the lake gradually evaporated and the high salinity of the lake waters resulted in the formation of thick crust of salt residues. Eventually, these led to the formation of salt flats.
Another fascinating feature of this salt desert is the Salt Hotel made up entirely using salt and salt residues. It is estimated that the entire area has more than 10 billion tonnes of salt. The arrival of rainy season adds to its surreal beauty as it creates a reflective surface that represents illusions of horizons. The area boasts of high deposits of Lithium that is instrumental for the manufacturing of batteries. Puna Flamingos, Andean Flamingos and Viscachas are the regular visitors to this plateau. Several copper sediments and inhabitant micro -organisms add a lustrous*lustrous*
➤ (s) made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow
➤ (s) brilliant
➤ (s) reflecting light
…by BeeDictionary.com visual appeal to the lake. An antique train cemetery is another noble feature of this little wonder of Bolivia.
I bet most of you will add Salar De Uyuni to your list of Places to visit for sure. Wont you?