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This Salt Flat In Bolivia Is The World’s Largest Mirror

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Our Earth is full of wonders both natural and man-made. But it is the natural wonders that boggle the mind. Some places on the planet seem almost inspired by some other-worldly force. A little known place like this is the Salar de Uyuni in the country of Bolivia.

Bolivia’s Salt Flats expand about 4,086 square miles (10,582 sq km). That distance makes it the largest salt flats in the world. What is even more wondrous than its massive size is a special place in the white desert environment known as the “Largest Mirror on Earth.” In this part of the desert, a thin layer of water sits atop the salted earth, reflecting everything that exists above it.

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Some have described looking into this mirror-like surface as slightly disorienting. It has been known to warp a person’s sense of reality for a short time.

Salar de Uyuni is believed to have about 11 billion tons of salt still located within. This is in addition to being home to 80 different species of bird. Even a couple of flamingo species make their home here. It also maintains a very cool 69 degrees Fahrenheit from November to January.

If you’re a train enthusiast, the salt flats have a cemetery dedicated to trains used for mining in the 1940s. That not interesting enough for you? How about the fact that NASA actually uses Salar de Uyuni to determine proper satellite postioning? And, although they are referred to as salt ‘flats’, it’s been found the area is not completely flat. The area has small ‘undulations’, or up-and-down areas that are not visible to the naked eye.

There are guided tour to the area, but you better make sure to sign up for one. Up until a few years ago, Salar de Uyuni was off-limits to anyone who wasn’t a citizen of Bolivia. The closest they could get was by helicopter ride.

The next time you are planning your vacation, take Salar de Uyuni into consideration and see the World’s Largest Mirror for yourself.

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