Earth & The Beautiful Landscapes Of Salt Lakes


Salt pans are areas of ground covered with salts and other minerals. This coverage creates the categorical white landscape look. Often found in deserts they are normally nothing short of trivial beauties. However, what makes them notable and worthy of sharing is how they ascend in beauty shortly following some rain-fall.


When it rains, the salt pan is covered with a thin layer of water and giving this salt and water combination the salt bed forms a very reflective surface. Some pictures may even make them appear as mirrors; they can reflect so much light and with such crisp

detail that it would not be insane to call out “fake” or “photo shopped”, for they truly are that beautiful. The reflective ability of this salt beds – or lakes at this point – are so high that they are often used as calibration points for satellites and are up to 5x more reflective than the surface of the oceans.


The biggest and one of the most glorious salt pans is Salar de Uyuni, which is the world’s largest salt flat (or salt pan) in the world as it 10,500 square kilometers or 4,000 square miles. At an elevation of 3,656m above sea-level Salar is located in Bolivia, South America. This lake contains about 60% of the world’s lithium reserves (which can be used in bipolar medication). The area’s relatively lack of clouds and reflective lake surfaces makes Salar an ideal object to calibrate the altimeters of Earth’s observation satellites. Altimeters are used to gauge the altitude of the targeted object above a fixed level.


Other notable salt pans include the Poopo Lake, which is a 1,000km squared salt pan located in Altipano. Another large salt lake is the Ura Ura Lake, located in Ura department. Many other lakes exist and you are free to search them online for yourself and dwell in their glory.
Now when you’re looking around the web


for beautiful pictures of salt pans you may stumble across something less appealing, which may just look like piles of white sand surrounded by mud and such. These are probably not salt pans but rather salt evaporation ponds, which are shallow ponds – manmade – that are used to extract salt from sea water and other sources. The source is drawn into the pond with levees to where the water is then naturally evaporated to expose the salt where it can now be harvested.


However, salt pans and lakes are truly magnificent landscapes, possibly worthy of placement on your desktop. Because we all know about the high standards you place on images for your desktop, just like me obviously.


 

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