Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Salinas Grandes | The salt desert of Argentina

Salinas Grandes - one of the world's largest salt flats, located in central-northern Argentina. It is spanning the borders of four provinces, that is Córdoba, Catamarca, La Rioja and Santiago del Estero, at an average altitude of 170 metres above sea level, at the foot of the Sierras de Córdoba mountain range. It covers an area of 6,000 km². It is very similar to Lake Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. 

Salinas Grandes - one of the world's largest salt flats, located in central-northern Argentina.
The industrial importance for its sodium and potassium mines. Recently Salinas Grandes has been explored for the lithium brine beneath its salt. Recent analysis of core samples place the lithium concentration at up to 1,600 ppm. By comparison the average concentration worldwide is 1,100 ppm. [First Image credit Contours of a Country]

Salinas Grandes - one of the world's largest salt flats, located in central-northern Argentina.
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Salinas Grandes - one of the world's largest salt flats, located in central-northern Argentina.
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Salinas Grandes - one of the world's largest salt flats, located in central-northern Argentina.
Image credit Alessandro Grussu

Salinas Grandes - one of the world's largest salt flats, located in central-northern Argentina.
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Salinas Grandes - one of the world's largest salt flats, located in central-northern Argentina.
Image credit Francisco Pires

Salinas Grandes - one of the world's largest salt flats, located in central-northern Argentina.
Image credit Alessandro Grussu

Salinas Grandes - one of the world's largest salt flats, located in central-northern Argentina.
Image credit PABLO

Salinas Grandes - one of the world's largest salt flats, located in central-northern Argentina.
Image credit PABLO

Salinas Grandes - one of the world's largest salt flats, located in central-northern Argentina.
Image credit PABLO

Salinas Grandes - one of the world's largest salt flats, located in central-northern Argentina.
Image credit Carolina Lalli

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