BOLIVIA: Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat formation in the world. It is almost 11,000 square kilometers in area, with 10 billion tonnes of salt. During the rainy season, a light coat of water creates a perfect reflection of the sky–from sunrises and sunsets to beautiful starry nights. For a good read (with photos), check out this article entitled, “Walk the Salar“. For more images, click this LINK.
In class, students used watercolors to paint a sunrise on half of a sheet of paper, and then folded it over while still wet to create fun mirror-images. Later, we all tasted a lot of salt and contrasted it with azúcar/ sugar, and discussed how salt is a natural resource. Some students even covered a small box with salt (and glue) to create their very own ‘salt hotel’. If you visit in real life, you can actually stay in a hotel made entirely of salt. How fun!
LINKS: Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia), World’s Largest Mirror (Bolivia), Pier’s Great Perhaps, Recorriendo el Salar de Uyuni, Luna Salada- otro Hotel de Sal, In pictures: The world’s largest salt flat in Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni Photos (Bolivia), Salar de Uyuni Video (Bolivia), Salar de Uyuni- Sunrise (Bolivia), Salar de Uyuni-More (Bolivia)