Talk:Salar de Uyuni

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This page contains a copyrighted image from Google Earth (Image:Salar.png) which has been put up for deletion (screenshots of Google Maps/Google Earth aren't fair use). A new image will be needed. Zetawoof(ζ) 09:47, 12 April 2006 (UTC)

Salt minery in Uyuni[edit]

Hi everybody! I propose the addition of the following external link about salt minery in the Salar de Uyuni.

Let me know what do you think. Panex 21:53, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

Hi again. If nobody say something agaist, I will wait a few days more and add the link. Thanks Panex 16:14, 24 December 2006 (UTC)

Origin behind the name Lake Minchin

And I would like to add the following if nobody is against.

[1] (named after the Juan B. Minchin of Oruro)

--Morgan Minchin (talk) 13:39, 28 January 2010 (UTC)

Mirrored Sky[edit]

When doing an image search of Salar de Uyuni one gets a lot of photographs where a mildly clouded blue sky is mirrored on the obviously wet ground of the Salar de Uyuni desert. I wonder if this is characteristic of all salt flats or especially of Salar de Uyuni, because it rains there more often. Does anyone know? In case the latter is true I think it should be added to the article, along with a photo of the mirror effect. -- 19:43, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

the pictures of the mirored skies are only true to the facts during the wet sision - three to four months of the year. the rest of the time the salar is dry and looks complitly diferent, even if still beutiful and interesting.

Can someone please explain why this particular Salar becomes the largest mirror on Earth? Is there something in the nature of a salt flat that makes the water covering it particularly reflective? Because otherwise, any larger body of water (of which there are plenty) would be a larger mirror, when wind is absent. -- (talk) 02:45, 3 May 2010 (UTC)
It is very shallow compared to its size, thus much smaller waves/ripples compared to other water bodies. Materialscientist (talk) 13:58, 3 May 2010 (UTC)
I recently saw a documentary on which we were shown the mirror effect. So I came to see what this article says about it, and found almost nothing. OK, so there are photos now, but the only mention in text is of "large, stable surfaces with strong reflection" under Satellite calibration section (most of the rest of which is about reflection of UV rather than visible light). I imagine that the reflective surface is a major tourist attraction, in which case there should probably be something about it in that section.
Furthermore, it would be nice to have a scientific explanation of this effect. At first I suspected it was essentially a mirage. Is it really just an optical property of wet salt? — Smjg (talk) 01:17, 7 March 2015 (UTC)


What is the correct pronunciation of Salar de Uyuni? LorenzoB 16:56, 3 December 2007 (UTC)

In English: sa-lar day ooh-yooni —Preceding unsigned comment added by Uvaboor (talkcontribs) 01:36, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Sala de Uyuni[edit]

The salt hotels aren´t a tourist attraction, they´re an illegal eyesore. Reputable tours don´t visit them and people shouldn´t use their ´facilities´ as it will only pollute the salt pans. See Lonely Planet et al. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:02, 15 December 2007 (UTC)


An explanation of why the salt layer is floating would be helpful. Fig (talk) 21:44, 13 July 2010 (UTC)

The salt layer is not floating on anything. It is just an incorrect and misleading impression given by a badly worded sentence. The salt crust rests on lacustrine mud that is saturated with brine and interbedded with salt. Paul H. (talk) 18:54, 5 July 2012 (UTC)

Hard to understand[edit]

"The Salar is virtually devoid of any wildlife or vegetation. The latter is dominated by giant cacti... Other shrubs..." Seems contradictory. Never having been there, and guessing that plants don't grow on the salt flats themselves, perhaps this means that cacti and other shrubs grow on rock outcroppings (including the "islands")? Someone who knows should clarify this wording. Mcswell (talk) 17:40, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Salar de Uyuni Economic Influence update[edit]

In the Economic Influence section, first paragraph, last sentence, there is reference to government plans to build their own plant, gradually scaling up production, giving a target volume for 2012.

According to, the plant has not yet been built, but is scheduled for May 2012. Intended production of lithium batteries has been delayed from 2014 to 2015.

I think there needs to be comment added to the article, identifying the delay. I have not done it, as I am not sure where to put it, or how to write it.

BruceTNelson (talk) 20:35, 25 March 2012 (UTC)

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