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.
For decades Bolivians already have been mining the salt at the western edge of the pan on a small scale. The salt gets shoveled by hand to small mounts so the water can drain out of it.
I love the way the mounts were arranged in such a clean graphical way. Although not nature but man-made I was intrigued by the harmony and perfection of the scene.