Salinas, or salt deserts, are natural areas where the soil is covered with salt and other minerals. These sites are formed naturally over thousands of years, where water evaporates from a lake or other body of water. Salinas can be found all over the world, and in addition to corresponding to a breathtaking view, they are often used by tourists for photo capturing. And in this selection are highlighted the 10 most incredible salt deserts in the world.
10. Namak Lake, Iran
Namak Lake is a salt lake located near the town of Qom. The surface of the lake is 1800 km², but it is almost entirely dry, with only about 1 km² of water, which has a depth of less than 1 meter.
09. Salar de Atacama, Chile
Salar de Atacama is the largest salt desert in Chile, and third largest on the planet, after Salar de Uyuni and Salinas Grandes, covering a region of 3000 km ². This saline is located at a very high altitude of about 2300 meters above sea level.
08.Salar de Arizaro, Argentina
Salar de Arizaro is a large salt desert in Argentina covering an area of 1600 km². It is the second largest salt desert in the country, after Salinas Grandes. It is located in the Andes Cordillera, north-west of Argentina, near the border with Chile.
07. Makgadikgadi Pan, Botswana
This is one of the largest salt deserts in the world. This saline was a huge lake, which dried up thousands of years ago and left a great salt desert. Technically speaking, this saline is not the only one, but preferably several with desert sand between them.
06. Chott el Djerid, Tunisia
Chott el Djerid is a large salt lake, mostly dry, in southern Tunisia. It is the largest salt mine in the Sahara desert with a surface area of 5000-7000 km².
During the summer, Chott el Djerid is almost entirely dry and can be crossed by foot or car, but this is considered very dangerous since the salt crust can break. Chott el Djerid gained fame when it was used as a filming location in the Star Wars series.
05. Salinas Grandes, Argentina
Salinas Grandes is the largest saline in Argentina and the second largest in the world, after Salar de Uyuni. And covers an area of 6000 km². It is located in the north-central part of the country, at the foot of the Sierras de Córdoba mountain range, being fifth in this selection of the 10 most incredible salt deserts in the world.
03. Etosha Pan, Namibia
Devil’s Golf Course is the largest salt mine in the United States. And it is located inside the famous Death Valley National Park in California. This great salt desert got its name from a phrase spoken in the 1934 guide book of the National Park Service, which stated that “only the devil could play golf” on the rugged terrain.
Salt was once a lake that evaporated, and the minerals of the lake remain on the surface, this salt desert being fourth in this selection of the world’s 10 most incredible salt deserts. According to surveys, the salt layer is over 300 meters and in places could reach 2700 meters.
03. Etosha Pan, Namibia
This saline is not located very far from Salt Lake City. The 104-square-kilometer salt desert is a remnant of Pleistocene Lake Bonneville and is the largest of several salt flats located west of Great Salt Lake, which itself is the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere.
Bonneville Salt Flats are best known for the car race that has taken place in Salinas since 1914 in the part known as Bonneville Speedway, this Salina being second in this selection of the 10 most incredible salt deserts in the world.
01. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
With 10,582 km², Salar de Uyuni is not only the most famous saline in the world but also the largest on the planet, being the leading position in this selection of the 10 most incredible salt deserts in the world. Salar de Uyuni is located in southwestern Bolivia, at an elevation of 3,656 meters above sea level.
The consistent landscape is an endless white and lack of landmarks strikes and confuses visitors. Saline contains between 50% and 70% of the world’s lithium reserves.