Archive for the ‘Panoramas’ Category

Back in the times of the Roman Empire, people where paid in salt – this is the origin of the word “salary”. If someone calls you “salt of the earth” or “being worth your salt”, it’s always a compliment. Some important facts about salt:


– Salt was used as a vital food preservative.

– Salt is required for blood, sweat, digestive juices and efficient nerve transmission.

– Since the 20th century, salt producers have been adding iodine to table salt. This has protected pregnant mothers and children from iodine deficiency diseases, the world’s leading cause of mental retardation.

– The highest usage of salt is for keeping highway winter time safety.

– Salt is a natural food ingredient with no calories.

Information from the Salt Institute.


There are beautiful underground salt mines around the world. Here, we are going to focus on salinas, salt deserts and salt lakes which compose amazing landscapes.


Salar de Uyuni

With more than 10,000 square kilometers this is the world’s largest salt flat. The salar is located in southwest Bolivia. The salt crust can be over 10 meters thick in the center and when it rains, the salar becomes a wonderful mirror.

 When Heaven and Earth Merge – Alone on the Giant Mirror of Uyuni. Panorama made by 

Boneville salt flats

Over 46 square kilometers of salt flats located in Utah, USA. The total salt crust has been estimated at 147 million tons. The Boneville salt flats are made of 90% table salt. The Boneville salt flats are used as a race track each summer where professional and amateur teams from different countries compete for land speed records.

Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA. Panorama made by 

Great Salt Desert or Dasht-e Kavir

Located in the middle of the Iranian plateau, it covers more than 77,000 square kilometers. This desert recorded the year’s highest surface temperature reaching 70ºC in 2004 and 2005.

Dasht-e Kavir, Iran. Panorama made by 

Salinas Grandes de Jujuy

The dramatic difference in altitudes, ranging from 1,000 meters to 5,000 meter peaks, combined with the stark differences in climate and temperature, helped to produce the Salinas Grandes desert.

Salinas Grandes of Jujuy, Argentina. Panorama made by 

Gairdner Lake

It is the fourth largest salt lake in Australia. Every March, when the lake is dry, the Dry Lake Racers event is held. The lake is over 60 km long and 40 km wide and the salt crust is over 1.2 meters in some places. Although in summer it can be extremely hot, during the spring time it is an attraction for bird-watchers and botanists.

Lake Gairdner surface, Australia. Panorama made by 




The planet Earth has proven to be too limiting for our awesome community of panorama photographers. We’re getting an increasing number of submissions that depict locations either not on Earth (like Mars, the Moon, and Outer Space in general) or do not realistically represent a geographic location on Earth (either because they have too many special effects or are computer generated) and hence don’t strictly qualify for our Panoramic World project.

But many of these panoramas are extremely beautiful or popular of both.

So, in order to accommodate our esteemed photographers and the huge audience that they attract to 360Cities with their panoramas, we’ve created a new section (we call it an “area”) called “Out of this World” for panoramas like these.

Here you have some examples of Out of this World panoramas:

Tribute to Escher. Panorama made by 


Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 177. Panorama made by 


Back in the Lab. Panorama made by 


You can check more panoramas like these in our “Out of this World” area or type this tag in the search box on the website: @tags out_of_this_world.

Any 360Cities member can upload an Out of this World panorama: Just upload a pano and click the “This pano is Out of this World” checkbox. Your panorama will be reviewed before being sent out of this world.



The 360Cities Team

Panorama photographers are an active group…and active people generally appreciate sports. Check out the 8 awesome sports related panos below.

Thanks all for your sports submissions!


Motocross International Classic Neuvilly, France. Panorama made by 


Center Court, Klagenfurt, Austria. Panorama made by  


Coasteering at Porth Dafarch, Wales, UK. Panorama made by 


Trophy truck sequence at Baja1000, 2012, Mexico. Panorama made by 


Karate Kids in Avrora sport club. Kherson region, Ukraine. Panorama made by 


Davis Cup Tennis – Brazil versus Russia, Brazil. Panorama made by 


Flying gliders, Tyumen. Russia. Panorama made by 


23rd Munich Marathon shortly before the start, Munich, Germany. Panorama made by 

360Cities PRO member  has just published another stunning panorama stitched from images taken by the Curiosity Rover on Mars. The rover has been enjoying digging into the Mars surface and has collected some samples of the Martian rocks.  Sometimes, 360Cities photographers are out of this world!

NASA’s Mars Exploration Program (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS) 

Curiosity Rover’s Self Portrait at “John Klein” Drilling Site


Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 177

Andrew has added a nice description of it:

This self-portrait of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity combines 66 exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the Sol 177th of Curiosity’s work on Mars (Feb. 3, 2013).

The rover is positioned at a patch of flat outcrop called “John Klein”, which was selected as the site for the first rock-drilling activities by Curiosity. The self-portrait was acquired to document the drilling site.

The rover’s robotic arm is not visible in the mosaic. MAHLI, which took the component images for this mosaic, is mounted on a turret at the end of the arm. Wrist motions and turret rotations on the arm allowed MAHLI to acquire the mosaic’s component images. The arm was positioned out of the shot in the images or portions of images used in the mosaic.

At the bottom of this panorama is the hole in a rock. The drilling took place on Feb. 8, 2013, or Sol 182, Curiosity’s 182nd Martian day of operations. The sample-collection hole is 0.63 inch (1.6 centimeters) in diameter and 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters) deep. The “mini drill” test hole near it is the same diameter, with a depth of 0.8 inch (2 centimeters).

The images for full panorama obtained by the rover’s 34-millimeter Mast Camera. The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels width, includes 113 images taken on Sol 170 and an additional 17 images taken on Sol 176.

Wired magazine has a piece about this panorama today. And here are some more 360Cities panos of the red planet.


We are living in the Social Media era. We can get in touch with almost anybody in any country. We can share ideas, suggestions, and thoughts through the Internet. Tons of words and images are uploaded and shared everyday. That is because as human beings, we have a need to communicate and we want to listen to others.

360Cities also loves communication. Good news, everyone!

We have launched a Comments system. Now, anyone can comment in any panorama. You just have to scroll down on any panorama page and you will find a dedicated space where you can leave ideas, suggestions, and thoughts.

What to do when you fall in love with a pano?     Give a star to it!  

We know that the 360Cities community is a nice and friendly group – please be polite to each other.

We are looking forward to reading all your comments!

The 360Cities’ team


Are you in Las Vegas attending the CES show this week? Stop by the LG Pavilion and check out their new Ultra HD Touch displays, where they are using beautiful immersive panoramic images from to demonstrate them.
If you can’t make it to Las Vegas, here’s a short clip for you instead:


White Tip Shark Ilot Mato South Reef New Caledonia, Melanesia. Panorama made by 


The swift current of Rio Francés, South America. Panorama made by 


Uyuni, Bolivia, South America. Panorama made by H


Seljalandsfoss, Iceland. Panorama made by 


Frosty winter forest, Finland. Panorama made by 


Upper Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA. Panorama made by 


Tower of Hercules, Spain. Panorama made by 


Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, France. Panorama made by 


Maria Aurora’s Millennium Tree, Philippines, Asia. Panorama made by 


Blue Spring of Bonito River, Brazil. Panorama made by 


Sunrise in Halong Bay, Vietnam. Panorama made by .



The Mayans said (or so some people think) that December 21st will be our last day and also the end of the world. Well, we don’t know about all that. Perhaps their “prediction” was meant as a metaphor.

But we do think that the Mayans deserve a special 360Cities panorama exhibition of their civilization.

By the way, we hope to hear from you soon!  After December 21st ;)….


“From the top of Caana Caracol mayan ruins, Belize” Panorama made by 


Mayan ruins



“In front of Temple of a Thousand Warriors in Chichen Itza”, Mexico. Panorama made by 


 In front of Temple of a Thousand Warriors in Chichen Itza



“Chichen Itza Maya archaeological site”, Mexico. Panorama made by 


Chichen Itza Maya archaeological site, Mexico



“Tulum, Mexico”. Panorama made by 


Tulum, Mexico



“Gran jaguar temple in tikal Maya ruins. Guatemala”. Panorama made by 





“Costado Ruinas el Tazumal”, El Salvador: Panorama made by 


Costado Ruinas el Tazumal, El Salvador.



We have to be prepared to say goodbye to Autumn. Perhaps the best way to say goodbye can be through Panoramas and songs.

Feel free to suggest more songs and more 360Cities panoramas.

Autumn Almanac by The Kinks

Autumn, Poland. Panorama made by 

Heffield Park Middle Lake, England. Panorama by 

Colorful Autumn, Prague. Panorama by 

Autumn Colors at Grosser Ahornboden, Austria. Panorama by 

Harvest Festival in Sloughouse, California, USA. Panorama made by 

The Colours of Autumn, England. Panorama made by 

Oka. Autumn. Polenovo, Russia. Panorama made by 

香嵐渓紅葉2012Autumn Leaves of KOURANKEI, Japan. Panorama by 

Autumn lake in a park in Rajecké Teplice, Slovakia. Panorama made by 

Evening In Holland Park, London, England. Panorama made by 

Are you enjoying the autumn? We can fall in love with the colorful leaves, with the nice sun light, with the mystic atmosphere…

It’s time for you to send your favorite autumn pics to The post will be published on December 5th.



Elena, Community Manager