20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

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A cursory glance at this snow-white plain gives rise to thoughts of snow and cold. But this first impression is deceptive — the temperature in the Argentine Salinas Grandes salt desert reaches +45 degrees Celsius on some days.

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

Salinas Grandes is a vast salt marsh located in a tectonic depression at an altitude of 170 m between the ridges of the Sierra Pampas in Argentina.

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

The salt marsh is crossed by a highway and a railway, when traveling along which impressive views of the snow-white expanses open up.

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

The total area of the Salinas Grandes salt desert is about 8,500 km2.

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

Salinas Grandes is the bottom of a dried—up relict lake. This lifeless plain is suitable only for the extraction of mineral salt.

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

The borders of the Argentine provinces of Salta and Huhuy converge on the territory of the salt marsh.

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

Only sometimes water accumulates in the desert: it flows down from the nearest mountains or comes in rains.

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

Because of the unthinkable heat and frequent winds, the water, after standing for a while like a calm mirror surface, evaporates very quickly.

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

Minerals are mined on the territory of the salt marsh — there are extensive deposits of soda and potash.

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

Chloride and sulfate of soda, potash and borax crystallize here directly on a hard white crust. It remains only to scrape them off.

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

In addition, the snow—white salt desert attracts tourists.

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

Many curious travelers come here to see the salt marsh, which occupies the third largest place in the world.

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

Traveling through the salt desert is quite an extreme vacation.

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

Brave tourists are advised to put on good sunglasses, use strong sunscreens for uncovered parts of the skin and stock up on plenty of drinking water — there is nowhere to take it in Salinas Grandes.

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

Travelers can watch the process of extraction of mineral salts…

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

And also have lunch in the open-air Salt Restaurant Restaurant de Sal.

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

In Salinas Grandes, you can buy salt figurines made by local workers

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

20 photos from Salinas Grandes, the snow-white desert of Argentina

On all sides, the salt marsh, resembling a frozen lake, is surrounded by mountains.

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