Salar, Chili - 2003

Salar de Atacama, Chile (23°18’ S, 68°11’ W).


Original Edition Signed and Numbered

Only a few pink flamingos disrupt the mineral vista of Salar de Atacama, a dried-out lake whose bottom is covered in salt. These birds take advantage of the waters of the San Pedro River, which flow down from the Andes before getting lost in the landscape, evaporated in the dry air, or sucked into the soil of this vast salt flat covering 1,150 mi2 (2,980 km2). It is part of the most arid region in the world after Antarctica. The Atacama Desert owes its exceptional climate to the combined influence of the cold Humboldt sea current, which skirts Chile’s Pacific Coast and prevents any evaporation, and a hot anticyclone that pushes dry air to the ground. Salty cloud banks known as chamanchacas form in some places. The exploitation of the region’s subsoil could become a major issue in years to come, for Salar holds one of the greatest lithium deposits in the world. This new “gray gold,” whose price has skyrocketed since 2003, is used to make alloys for aeronautics and batteries for many portable electronic devices (computers, telephones, portable music players, electric vehicles).


Taken in 2003, It is a silver photography. His original slide is stored by the Yann Arthus-Bertrand Studio in Paris.


Original work by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The prints are made exclusively by the Yann Arthus-Bertrand Studio in Paris under the control of the artist himself.

Original Edition Signed and Numbered

Prints ordered without frames include a white border
- Format 1, 2 & 3 = 2 cm of white border around the image
- Format 4, 5 = 4 cm of white border around the image
- Format 6 = 5 cm of white border around the image
Digital print made by the Yann Arthus-Bertrand Studio. Canon IPF 9400 Ink-jet printer, pigmentary ink, printing on acid free 100% cotton fibre paper (Museo Silver Rag)

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