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Salar de Uyuni it is located in the Potosí and Oruro departments in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes, 3,650 meters high. The major minerals found in the salar are halite and gypsum. Sucre is the constitutional capital of Bolivia, seat of the Supreme Court (Corte Suprema de Justicia), and capital of the Chuquisaca department. Located in the south-central part of the country, Sucre lies at an altitude of 2,800m (9,200ft). Historically the city has also been known as Charcas, La Plata and Chuquisaca. The department of Potosí is in southwestern Bolivia. It comprises 118,218 km² with 709,013 inhabitants (2001 census). The capital is the city of Potosí. It is mostly a barren, mountainous region with one large plateau to the west, where the largest salt flat in the world - Salar de Uyuni - is located. Potosí was the richest province in the Spanish empire, providing a great percentage of the silver that was shipped to Europe. It is also the location of the San Cristobal mines presently being developed by American company Apex Silver Mines Limited of Colorado.
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