During the formation of the Andes Mountains, a lake was born on a high plateau, called Lake Minchin. This paleo-lake is located in southwest Bolivia and sprawls out over 4,000 square miles. It has since dried up into two small lakes and two salt lakes, the largest of which is Salar de Uyuni. A world supplier of borax and lithium, this marvelous area is better know for a phenomenon that causes wonder and awe.
Every year the neighboring lake, Titicaca, overflows and discharges into Lake Poopó which in turn floods the Salar de Uyuni. The water depth ranges from a few centimeters to meters and produces a pristine mirror image.
Photo by Takaki Watanabe