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Buenos Aires Lake / General Carrera Lake on Argentina-Chile Border

46.5S 71.3W

June 5th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Argentina - May 23rd, 2011

The large lake in Patagonia surrounded by the Andes Mountains in this image of the Chile-Argentina border zone is known as both Buenos Aires Lake (in Argentina) and General Carrera Lake (in Chile).

The lake has a surface of 1,850 km² of which 970 km² are in the Chilean Aisén Region, and 880 km² to the Argentine Santa Cruz Province. It is of glacial origin.

Patagonia, From Chile’s Pacific Coast to Argentina’s Atlantic Coast

44.7S 70.3W

March 14th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

Argentina - February 17th, 2011

This image focuses on Patagonia, stretching from the coast of Chile, along the Pacific Ocean, to the coast of Argentina, along the Atlantic Ocean.

The land near the Andes appears greener and more vegetated, although many of the mountain peaks are dusted with snow. The land east of the Andes appears drier and is generally composed of steppes.

Notable features include a large lake on the Argentina-Chile border southwest of the image center, known as Buenos Aires Lake in Argentina or General Carrera Lake in Chile. To the northwest of the lake lie the Moraleda Channel, a body of water separating the Chonos Archipelago from the mainland of Chile, and the Gulf of Corcovado.

Chonos Archipelago and General Carrera Lake, Chile and Argentina – March 5th, 2011

45.1S 73.9W

March 5th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Argentina and Chile - February 10th, 2011

Most of the islands visible by the Chilean coast in this image are part of the Chonos Archipelago (Spanish: Archipiélago de los Chonos), a series of low, mountainous, elongated islands with deep bays, traces of a submerged Chilean Coast Range.

Of interest further inland is General Carrera Lake (also known as Buenos Aires Lake in Argentina), located in Patagonia on the Chile-Argentina border. The lake is of glacial origin and is surrounded by the Andes mountain range. It drains to the Pacific Ocean on the west through the Baker River.

Deseado River and Topography of Santa Cruz Province, Argentina

47.7S 65.8W

June 21st, 2010 Category: Rivers

Argentina - June 6th, 2010

Argentina - June 6th, 2010

The Deseado River in southern Argentina appears as a whitish line cutting across the brown Patagonian terrain in the lower portion of this image. The river rises in Buenos Aires Lake in the Andes of southern Chile and Argentina. It flows generally eastward and southeastward through Santa Cruz province.

Near Koluel Kayke and Jaramillo it sometimes disappears into the dry soils of Patagonia, but it reemerges and empties into the Atlantic at Puerto Deseado. The total length of the Deseado is approximately 380 miles (610 km). It is used for irrigation along its lower course.

Upon opening the full image, many plateaus are visible inland, in the province of Santa Cruz. The terrain near the shore is flatter and criss-crossed by roads that appear as straight, light tan lines.

Sediments from the Deseado River Near Puerto Deseado, Argentina

47.7S 65.8W

March 23rd, 2010 Category: Rivers, Sediments

Argentina - February 25th, 2010

Argentina - February 25th, 2010

Greenish sediments spill past Puerto Deseado, originally called Port Desire, a city of about 15,000 inhabitants and a fishing port in Patagonia. The city is located in the Santa Cruz Province of Argentina, on the estuary of the Deseado River.

The Deseado River is born from the glacier-thaw Buenos Aires Lake on the northwestern part of the province at the Andes range, and travels for 615 km before reaching the Atlantic Coast. On its way southeast, its water is tapped for irrigation.

The river sometimes disappears under the arid terrain, to re-emerge before reaching Puerto Deseado on Santa Cruz’s coastline, where it produces a deep-water natural port.