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this morning my friends car broke down and we were stranded in the middle of nowhere for over four hours and there was an abandoned bus we got to explore

#Uyuni Salt flats #Bolivia #May2015
Three weeks ago, I accompanied a salt flats crystal hunter ‘Theo’ on a trip deep into the flat salt plain that covers just over 4,000 square miles and lies at 12,000ft above sea level. Theo has been hunting these salt crystals for 15 years -mostly as gifts for his family who then barter them for food and clothes in the #Uyuni market - the nearest town some 60 miles away. The flats were formed as a result of transformations between several #prehistoric lakes. It is covered by a few meters of salt crust serves as a #source of household salt and covers a pool of brine, which is exceptionally rich in lithium. It contains 50 to 70% of the world’s lithium reserves, which is in the process of slowly being extracted. (#lithium is main ingredient in #cellphone batteries)
#photo @clarkegiles @gettyreportage #Smithsonian #travel #SouthAmerica #crystal #hunter @latergram