Crait (TLJ)

Crait – Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

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Director Rian Johnson confirmed to EW that Crait is one of the new planets glimpsed in The Last Jedi trailer, specifically the one with a white surface. So what makes Crait different or unique? “It’s way out there. It’s uncharted. It’s a mineral planet and so there are mines on it,” according to Johnson. The filmmaker also says that Crait “ends up playing a key role in the movie” and was once the location of a Rebel Alliance base that has since been abandoned.

Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa) is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometres (4,086 sq. mi). It is located in the Daniel Campos Province in Potosí in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes and is at an elevation of 3,656 meters (11,995 ft.) above sea level.

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Salar de Uyuni, amid the Andes in southwest Bolivia, is the world’s largest salt flat. It’s the legacy of a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind a desert like, nearly 11,000-sq.-km. landscape of bright-white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands. Its otherworldly expanse can be observed from central Incahuasi Island. Though wildlife is rare in this unique ecosystem, it harbours many pink flamingos.

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With the use of modern GPS technology, it can now be proved that the Salar de Uyuni is not perfectly flat. New measurements revealed previously missed features resembling ridges, hills, and valleys only millimetres in height. They originate from the variation in material density, and thus the gravitational force, beneath the Salar’s sediments.

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