Salt flat ecologies

Salt flats are where a major part of global lithium reserves are found. Here, industries extract lithium from the salt brine found beneath the surface. But salt flats are more than sources of raw materials for global markets. Although they are often dubbed as deserts, many forms of life exist in these places – one just has to look carefully. This theme gathers contributions that do so. 

From Salta to Olaroz Chico:
Lithium as a travel companion

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Extractions, Local Resistances, Salt flat ecologies • One Comment

We left Salta at the crack of dawn. From here only a little more than 300 km are between us and the Olaroz salt flat, in Jujuy, but the distance seems enormous. The zigzagging road to the Altiplano is full of cacti, vicuñas, ever-changing shades and hues, stories of settlers and diverse perspectives about lithium. Today we would like to share some of those stories with you.

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Shapes of salt
Peering over Nico’s shoulder

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Salt flat ecologies

Meet Nico and his salt sculptures from the fringes of Salar de Uyuni. Peer over his shoulder and follow his quick hands as their...

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Ariel
A salt worker

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Salt flat ecologies

Life of a salt worker is hard. Ariel is very passionate about what he does. But he also wants his kids to do something else one day. About...

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Susques
Portrait of a changing village

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Salt flat ecologies

A strong increase in population, numerous new stores, accommodations and restaurants. Susques is a rapidly growing village in the high...

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Río Grande
Portrait of an Industrial Village

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Industrial Worlds, Salt flat ecologies

Río Grande is a small town full of trucks. This is the first post in a series of portraits that ask why and explore the history of a...

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