Scientists solve the mystery behind strange honeycomb patterns in salt deserts

The world’s largest salt flat is the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, which boasts the spectacular honeycomb pattern found in salt flats all over the world. (Image credit: sara_winter via Getty Images)

The enchanting honeycomb patterns found in salt deserts such as Badwater Basin in California’s Death Valley and Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia have baffled tourists and inspired sci-fi filmmakers for decades. Scientists have also struggled to elucidate the mechanism behind the iconic shapes.

Now physicists believe they have finally solved this natural puzzle.

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