World’s largest mirror – Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia [pics]

Salar de Uyuni isn’t just the world’s largest salt flat. When it gets wet, it becomes the world’s largest mirror too.

Made of the heavily transformed remnants of prehistoric lakes, it’s situated 12,000 feet above sea-level in the Bolivian Andes.

The salt flat covers a staggering 4,086 square miles (10,582km) (it’s one of our Otherworldly Places and our featured image, above, is by Nouhailler).

Though positioned near the crest of a mountain range, Salar de Uyuni is known for its extraordinary flatness. That flatness, combined with the brilliant white surface, produces its mirror-like appearance after rainfall.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Photo by szeke

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Photo by Nico Kaiser

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Photo by Nico Kaiser

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Photo by /Sean

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Photo by spunecker

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