Makgadikgadi Salt Pan, Botswana, Africa

That landscape photograph shows the endless Makgadikgadi salt pans and beautiful clouds in the sky. The Makgadikgadi salt pans are the largest salt pan expanse you find in the world. Some clouds in the blue sky lead to the horizon to meet the jeep tracks on the flat pan.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 3 August, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D Mark III and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Exposure time: 1/250s
  • ISO: 200
  • Focal Length: 17mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 3888 by 2592 pixels (WxH).

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Background

The Makgadikgadi salt pans, the largest salt pan expanse you find in the world. They are to the northeast of the Kalahari Desert and southeast to the Okovango Delta. It used to be an inland sea. Would it not dry up after the rain season, it would be an immense inland sea on earth. The salt pans are rivaled only by the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. At certain times of the year, The Salar de Uyuni has nearby lakes that overflow. A thin layer of the water transforms the flats into a fantastic reflection of the sky. Undoubtedly almost like an enormous mirror for as far as the eye can see.

During the dry seasons, Botswana’s giant salt pan is bone dry. However, during the wet season, it turns into an enormous wetland for migrating wildebeest and zebra. This spectacular wildlife migration brings as well the predators. The waters will then become the homes for ducks, geese, pelicans, and the famous flamingos. Just one of the two breeding spots in southern Africa for the vibrant pink birds.

Scientists estimate that in the Makgadikgadi salt pans, the dried-up inland sea once spanned anywhere from 80,000 – 275,000 square kilometers / 49,709 – 170,877 square miles.

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