You can see God’s largest mirror on earth from outer space.This is the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flatland in the world at 4,086 square miles (10,582 kilometers). Every year, this amazing wonderland in southwest Bolivia covers with a thin layer of water. When that happens, it turns into the largest mirror on the planet.
The resulting landscape is absolutely surreal, out of a Salvador Dalí painting.
The Salar is formed by several prehistoric lakes, which started to transform 30,000 to 42,000 years ago. Covered by several feet of salt, the Salar de Uyuni stays dry most of the year except a few days, when it rains and turns into this wonder. And while it looks like it must be hell on Earth, it’s not hot at all: its temperatures range from a low 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13º C) to 70º F (21º F).But the most surreal part is the fact that is a major breeding ground for pink flamingos. Can you imagine a flock of thousands of flamingos flying over this perfect mirror?
The South American geological wonder is so flat NASA use its surface to calibrate satellite orbits.
Salt pans occur in areas which would otherwise be lakes or ponds if the climate did not evaporate the water quicker than the rate of rainfall. The result if the liquid can’t drain is massive deposits of minerals.
But despite the dry nature of Salar de Uyuni – which is 100 times larger than the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA – there is a rare phenomenon when a true natural wonder brings the desert to life.