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Salar: Cerro Tunupa | by Mike.D.Green
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Salar: Cerro Tunupa

I've finally caught up with Flickr and worked on images from Bolivia and Chile, so here's the first in that series.

 

This is a volcano, Cerro Tunupa, on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni - comfortably the World's largest salt flat - viewed from near the top of Isola Pescada, one of the coral islands scattered around its centre. I've never seen coral underwater, but these islands in the salt flat, which are a mixture of rock and very ancient coral, attest to the fact that it's seriously sharp stuff. I managed to shred the surface of a fairly sturdy, leather boot by just brushing lightly against a coral boulder on the way up!

 

The original of this is 'quite large' (I just wanted to see how well Flickr would handle it...) and if you look closely at the bottom you can see tyre tracks on the salt. For scale, that volcano is approximately 40Km distant and its peak is 5,321m. The salar itself is 3,656m. above sea level so the vertical height above the white surface is 1,665m.

 

I thought I'd start with this since the salar and the volcanoes are the iconic features of the area - later shots are... more abstract in many cases!

 

I'll be writing something on the blog shortly. In the meantime, here's a link to why I wanted to return to this area of Chile and Bolivia.

 

Why I need to return to the Bolivian Altiplano and the Atacama Desert

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Taken on July 2, 2012