Bolivia's Salt Flats

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Bolivian Salt Flats
Bolivian Salt Flats
Bolivian Salt Flats
Bolivian Salt Flats
Bolivian Salt Flats
Bolivian Salt Flats
Bolivian Salt Flats
Bolivian Salt Flats
Bolivian Salt Flats
Bolivian Salt Flats
Bolivian Salt Flats
Bolivian Salt Flats
Bolivian Salt Flats
Bolivian Salt Flats
Bolivian Salt Flats
Bolivian Salt Flats
For generations the only people found in this remote region have been desperately poor salt gatherers who collect salt for consumption by humans and farm animals. In this photo a man is using a primitive gas-powered saw to cut blocks that will be trucked to agricultural areas as salt lick for cattle. The climate is harsh: freezing at night, hot and blinding sun during the day. For his labor this man told us he hopes to make a $1 or $2 a day. (Jeffrey Kofman/ABC News)
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