Largest Natural Mirror In The World In Salar De Uyuni

World's largest salt flat can be seen in Bolivia, which spread more than 10000 square kilometers. The unique thing about this place is when the upper layer of the salt flat becomes fluid, the surface becomes the most massive natural mirror in the world. When this became the mirror, the sky reflects from it and appears like both the sky and ground are the same.

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In the olden days, the area was a portion of Lake Minchin. But after, the climate changed and water evaporated gradually. Salt and minerals remained on the surface and became a never-ending salt source in the world. Salar de Uyuni was a mining site, and there are trains you can see which were used in the past. These trains are ruins and attract tourists to this place.

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Not many inhabitants can be found on Salar de Uyuni, but the El Palacio de Sal, the first salt hotel in the world, located there. Nearly everything in Salar de Uyuni hotel, even the chairs, is made of salt. Although there are not many people in sight other than the tourists, there are about 80 bird species found throughout the year. Some of these species are migraters.

More than 10 percent of the world's lithium comes from Salar de Uyuni. And this is not the only unusual thing. This massive salt layer is also used for calibrating satellite sensors, as it can be seen even in space.

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Salar de Uyuni creates impressive backgrounds, and people come to this place to take beautiful pictures. Salar de Uyuni tours are also availabe. In the old days, this place was called a completely flat site, but later the scientists found that there was some swelling on the surface. It sits on Altiplano with more than 3500 meters above sea level. The Atacama Desert is located southwest to the Salar de Uyuni near the Chili, which borders Bolivia with Chili.

Approximately one hundred times the size of the most famous United States' Bonneville Salt Flat, the Salar de Uyuni is undoubtedly showing the value of Bolivia to the world. Salar means salt flat, and Uyuni means yard or cemetery. When looking at the salt, it is a salt yard. On the other hand, when looking at the old trains, it is a cemetery. 

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