El Gualicho Salt Flats

August 12, 2012

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Photographer
: Luis Argerich; Luis's Web site
Summary Author: Luis Argerich

The photo above shows a twilight view of "El Gualicho," the largest salt flats (in volume) in Argentina. These salt flats are located along the South Atlantic Ocean, in the Rio Negro province. The crusted salt here is approximately 23-26 ft (7-8 m) thick and lies over the uppermost soil layer, which sits about 230 ft (70 m) below sea level. Its reddish color is attributed to the brine shrimp (Artemia) that inhabit this portion of the coast. Note that the tire marks extending toward the horizon are from a salt-harvesting truck. Photo taken on July 25, 2012.

Photo details: Camera Maker: Canon; Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Orientation: Normal; Color Space: sRGB; Software: GIMP 2.6.11.