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at over four thousand square miles, the salar de uyuni salt flat in bolivia is the largest salt flat on the planet. the remnant of a 40 thousand year old lake, the salt flat is surrounded by mountains, which leaves no drainage outlet for rain water. with a variation in surface elevation of less than a metre, this water builds up over the two meter thick crust of slat to create the world’s largest mirror. but as the water evaporates, the salt is scraped away from the surface by locals and piled up into mounds, which further hastens the evaporation.  

photos by (click pic) art wolfe, gavriel jecanandrew waddington and karla gachet and ivan kashinsky. the salt flats were previously featured here

If Latin America had not been pillaged by the U.S. capital since its independence, millions of desperate workers would not now be coming here in such numbers to reclaim a share of that wealth; and if the United States is today the world’s richest nation, it is in part because of the sweat and blood of the copper workers of Chile, the tin miners of Bolivia, the fruit pickers of Guatemala and Honduras, the cane cutters of Cuba, the oil workers of Venezuela and Mexico, the pharmaceutical workers of Puerto Rico, the ranch hands of Costa Rica and Argentina, the West Indians who died building the Panama Canal, and the Panamanians who maintained it.
—  Juan Gonzalez - Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America
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Mennonites are Christians, living in isolated farming communities and fiercely protective of their privacy. They reject modern technology and follow a way of life that has not changed since the 16th century. They tend the fields and raise cattle, mostly to produce cheese. Their language is an old dialect of medieval German called Plattdeustch. They don’t allow marriage outside their community. As the 21st century brings modernity almost everywhere, Mennonites have found a place to settle in what they perceive is a little developed Bolivia, where they have enough isolation and freedom to follow their tradition without having to compromise their values.

Photographer Jordi Busque was awarded a 2014 Getty Images Editorial Grant for his project Mennonites of Bolivia. Read more about Jordi and the the project.

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