Friday, August 9, 2013

The Salar de Uyuni

                                                                                       Author: Shibuya K
Image: Collecting Salt at the Salar de Uyuni
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Author: Luca Galuzzi
Image: Sunset at the Salar de Uyuni
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

The Salar de Uyuni in south-west Bolivia is currently the world’s
largest salt flat at 10,582 sq km (4,086 sq mi). It is covered by a
few meters of salt crust. The large area, clear skies and exceptional
surface flatness make the Salar an ideal object for calibrating
the altimeters of Earth observation satellites  -  wiki

A cursory peek at a salt flat
a salt desert of immense expanse 

None would have thought
it sustained properties and
of a location 
benefiting the world
which otherwise would have
been left desolate and barren

What are they may be asked?

That it’s a few meters covered
with salt crust to support the crave
of taste. Not just that. It's also for lithium
in the salt that brings in more money

Its exceptional flat surface
a unique advantage
The world’s largest there is
The flatness of a large area and the
clear skies staked its place as an ideal
site for space observations

Such is the richness of a cool expanse
of wasteland 
which did not come to waste
but benefiting mankind in unusual ways!

Written for Hannah’s hosting at Real Toads - Hungry and Haunted


  1. You're so right, Hank. The lithium in the Salar is invaluable to those who need it, and just another salt to those who don't.
    Well said.

  2. Not wasteful at all but very useful & unique, a site to behold ~

  3. Always can find use in just about anything it seems

  4. This unique topography must surely be of benefit to man on many levels of existence - both practical and artistic.

  5. there are def ways we can appreciate the unique locations like the desert and the salt flats....they all have their place and uses...

  6. Love how you remind us that things which are viewed as "wasteland" are actually of great value.

    Everything in nature is here for a purpose... excluding humans, who squander the beauty of this planet for the hallowed gold coin. Thirty pieces of silver, perhaps?

    Consciousness-raising poem, Hand, and you are so GREAT at this!! Amy

  7. that last stanza is so true, Hank

  8. Such an intriguing place - the imagination soars! Great write, Hank!

  9. I appreciate the truth revealed in your poem, Hank.

    Thank you for writing!

  10. I had not heard of this place before the prompt.
    You did a wonderful post with the inspiration of
    the photos.

  11. ...the crave of taste. Lets hope humans always respect this place.

  12. I like the crave of taste! I do hope we can leave this beautiful place as is! Well done~

  13. crave of taste (love that!)...I have decided I want to go there to see it for myself and take my camera!!

  14. Very well said Hank, crave of taste...lovely.