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Volcanic Areas in Andes Mountains and Nearby Fire – July 21st, 2010

29.4S 66.8W

July 21st, 2010 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Mountains, Volcanoes

Argentina- June 29th, 2010

Argentina- June 29th, 2010

Many volcanic areas can be seen in the Andes Mountains of Argentina, running across the left side of this image. In the upper left quadrant is a large grey area, part of which is the Antofagasta de la Sierra volcanic field.

The main type of volcanic edifice in the area are scoria cones. The area contains the youngest vents in the whole of the Puna region of Argentina. The field lies between the Salar de Antofalla volcanic field and the Cerro Galan caldera. The caldera lies west of Antofagasta de la Sierra and the other volcanic field to the east. The other prominent volcanic feature of the region, the peak Beltran, lies to the south-west of the field.

Visible at the foot of the mountains are two cities: San Miguel de Tucuman (above, greyish in color) and La Rioja (below, tan in color). Upon opening the full image, a fire can be seen east of the mountains at the bottom of the image, blowing smoke towards the southwest.

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