Salinas Grandes

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Coordinates: 30°0′0″S 65°0′0″W / 30.00000°S 65.00000°W / -30.00000; -65.00000

Salt mounds in Salinas Grandes

The Salinas Grandes is a large salt desert in central-northern Argentina, spanning the borders of four provinces (Córdoba, Catamarca, La Rioja and Santiago del Estero), at an average altitude of 170 metres above sea level,[1][2] at the foot of the Sierras de Córdoba mountain range. It covers an area of 6,000 km2 (2,300 sq mi).[3]


It is of industrial importance for its sodium and potassium mines. Recently Salinas Grandes has been explored for the lithium brine beneath its salt. Recent analysis of core samples place the lithium concentration at up to 1,600 ppm. By comparison the average concentration worldwide is 1,100 ppm.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Martin Iriondo (2006). Introducción a la Geología (3º Edición ed.). Argentina: Editorial Brujas. ISBN 978-987-591-061-4. 
  2. ^ "Ambientes de las Salinas Grandes de Catamarca, Argentina" (in Spanish). Instituto Argentino de Investigaciones de las Zonas Aridas (IADIZA-CONICET). 2007. 
  3. ^ Conrado Juan Rosacher (September 2002). "Áreas Naturales Protegidas. Salinas Grandes de Córdoba, Aspectos Ambientales" (PDF) (in Spanish). Argentina. 

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