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Unlike Salt flats, the Maras salts mines are composed of thousands of ponds built on a mountainside. The salty water coming from a natural source at this very specific location irrigates the little pools from the top of the mountain to the bottom of the valley. When the water evaporates, it creates salty crystals on the surface of the ponds. Their colour varies from white to dark orange and pink shades, depending on the progress of the evaporation. It is truly a unique man-made landscape.