Science

July 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Bolivian Salt Flat Creates Amazing Walking on Water Illusion!

The world’s largest salt flats, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia in Altiplano, is an other-worldly experience that has to be seen to be believed. This place is immense. It is over twelve thousand square kilometers in area, which makes it the largest salt flat in the world.

The salt is literally scraped away from the surface and piled up in the mounds that you can see here by the locals. Salar de Uyuni is what remains of a prehistoric lake.

All around it there are mountains which means there are no drainage outlets and the salt is left on the old bed of the lake. After it is scraped up these mounds are then created.

This allows the water to evaporate more quickly and certainly makes the salt easier to transport away from the salt flats. From a distance the salt flats look like a huge white sea.

The tiles on the flats stretch on as if to infinity – and beyond. This in itself if simply awesome to behold – and there is no hyperbole there at all. It looks like something out of a science-fiction film – one half expects to see, at any minute, Captain Kirk appear being chased by a couple of Klingons.

When there is rain – as there is occasionally even at this altitude – then something magical happens. The salt flats become a mirror of the sky.The briny layer of land, created through the rainy season, transforms the otherwise plated pockets of dry salt into a giant mirror, giving the illusion of walking on water.

There’s an inexplicable beauty to the infinite presence of a blue sky filled with puffy, white clouds. Travelers find it hard to shy away from documenting the remarkable and heavenly scene, choosing to feign a balancing act, jump for joy, or skate across the lustrous surface that mimics a sheet of ice.

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