The Largest Salt Flat in the World.

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From: Ralph & BA
Date: 3 April 2016 at 02:44
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WOW, never seen anything like this!

The Salar de UyuniÂ
is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 squareÂ
kilometers (4,086 sq mi) and it’s a major touristÂ
destination in the South American country of Bolivia. TheÂ
Salar is virtually devoid of any wildlife or vegetationÂ
but it is home to an estimated 10 billion tons (9.8Â
billion LT) of salt.
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But what is no lessÂ
incredible, is where people who visit this amazingÂ
place stay, and how does one build something in the middleÂ
of the vast emptiness. The answer is quiteÂ
remarkable.
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Anyone arriving toÂ
visit this exotic part of the world is in for a real treatÂ
and a stay in one of the world’s most unique hotelÂ
experiences. Due to a lack of conventional constructionÂ
materials in this area, many of the hotels here are builtÂ
entirely with salt blocks cut from the Salar itself. TheÂ
most famous one is called Palacio de Sal, Spanish forÂ
"Palace of salt".
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water–the salt flats are shiny andÂ
reflective!
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The hotel is made ofÂ
about 1 million 35-cm (14-inch) salt blocks, which wereÂ
used for the floor, walls, ceiling and furniture,Â
including the beds, tables, chairs and sculptures. TheÂ
hotel even has a dry sauna and a steam room, a saltwaterÂ
pool and whirlpool baths for guests to relax in and fullyÂ
enjoy this unreal place.
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Imagine what itÂ
feels like, sleeping on salt beds, sitting on salt chairsÂ
and even eating at salt tables. And while no one can denyÂ
how beautiful everything in this hotel is, that beauty isÂ
nothing compared to the view…;
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The salt flats areÂ
so white and clear they often show a perfect reflection ofÂ
the sky and the objects above them. In fact, because theÂ
Salar is so flat and has such a strong reflection, similarÂ
to that of ice sheets, it is used for calibrating theÂ
distance measurement equipment of satellites inÂ
space!

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The white, endlessÂ
flats also offer visitors a unique opportunity to takeÂ
some truly mind bending pictures. With no other objects inÂ
sights, the human eye loses its ability to establish aÂ
proper field of depth. The results are some of the mostÂ
creative and bizarre pictures you will everÂ
see…;

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The salar is truly aÂ
place like no other, a magical kingdom of salt and beautyÂ
where one can drive on the endless flats and see the skyÂ
both above and below him. It is just one of many places onÂ
earth that prove that beauty has no rules and that natureÂ
always has one more trick up her sleeve.
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 In pictures: The world’s largest salt flat in Bolivia …

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