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Lakes in the Cordillera Oriental, Peru – February 19th, 2010

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February 19th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Peru - February 12th, 2010

Peru - February 12th, 2010

The mountains in this orthorectified image are part of the Cordillera Oriental (“eastern mountain range”) of the Andes in Peru. Crossing the lower left quadrant diagonally from left to right is the valley of the Urubamba River, which rises in the Andes to the south-east of Cuzco near the Puno Region border.

Several lakes can be seen near the river, including Laguna Langui Layo (by the center of the bottom edge) and Laguna Sibinacocha (center of left edge). The former is located at an altitude of 3883 meters (12740 feet), and the latter at 4950 meters, making it one of the highest large lakes in the world.

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