The Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt pan with the size of Belgium. My wife and I spent several days here in awe of this seemingly endless white landscape. The Salar de Uyuni with its few scattered islands is so unique and otherworldly beautiful that it should be protected as a national park or reserve. Unfortunately below the salt crust lies the world’s largest deposit of lithium that is used in rechargeable car batteries. One mine has already started to operate. It is only a question of time until another of the world’s natural wonders will be totally destroyed.
I took this image on a partly cloudy morning at the exact moment when the sun had just risen above the horizon and only illuminated the raised ridges of the hexagons. It looks like a vast net is spread out over the salt pan.