Lake Mar Chiquita in Argentina Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features Lake Mar Chiquita, South America’s largest salt lake. Mar Chiquita is a protected wilderness area in the northeast province of Córdoba, Argentina.
The lake is around 70 kilometers long and 24 kilometers wide. It is fed by the Primero and Segundo rivers from the southwest, and by the Dulce river from the north.
Even though water flows in, there is no outlet for water to flow out of the lake. This makes Lake Mar Chiquita an endorheic lake that only loses water through evaporation.
According to ESA, the lake’s surface area, as well as its salinity, varies considerably between 2,000 and 6,000 square kilometers – although it is slowly shrinking in size due to evaporation.
Lake Mar Chiquita contains several small islands, including is El Médano, and is surrounded by salt marshes on its northern shore. Lake Mar Chiquita, saline lake at the southern edge of the Gran Chaco in northeastern Córdoba provincia (province), north-central Argentina. Lake Mar Chiquita, around 70 km long and 24 km wide, is fed primarily by the Primero and Segundo rivers from the southwest and from the Dulce river from the north.
Video Credit: European Space Agency
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer