This article will bring you to the list of the largest saltwater lakes in the world. Insider Monkey has recently published an interesting article about it. It’s a well-known fact that 71% of the Earth is water. Saltwater lakes differ from regular lakes in terms of their dissolved salts and mineral content. A rule of thumb to differentiate salt water or saline lakes from others is that generally, you will find over three grams of salt per liter of water in a saline lake. Experts believe there are around 2 million lakes in the world, and even though the majority are freshwater lakes, there are still plenty with saltwater.
Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked three of the largest saltwater lakes in the world from their list.
The first one is Lake Namtso, in China. Lake Namtso, also known as Lake Nam (literally meaning Heavenly Lake), is situated at the border between Damxung County of Lhasa prefecture-level city and Baingoin County of Nagqu Prefecture, in the Tibet Autonomous Region. It is the largest saline lake in the whole of Tibet Autonomous Region. The next saltwater lake on our list should be Lake Barlee, in Australia Western and it is the second largest lake by area in the region. One outstanding feature of this lake is that it is considered to be an intermittent salt lake, meaning that at times this lake can disappear completely, and it comes back once in a season. The lake is named after Frederick Barlee, the Colonial Secretary of Western Australia during 1869 when the lake was discovered. At last, but not least let’s check out the beautiful Mar Chiquita Lake, in Argentina. Mar Chiquita Lake or Mar de Ansenuza is located northeast of the province of Córdoba in central Argentina. It is an endorheic salt lake. Endorheic salt lakes are formed when water basins do not allow outflow of water and retain water within. Over time water evaporates, and leaves behind a body of water that has a high concentration of heavier mineral elements and various types of salts.