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Lakes, Salt Flats and Volcanoes in the Andes Mountains – September 10th, 2009

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September 10th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Volcanoes

Chile and Argentina - August 24th, 2009

Chile and Argentina - August 24th, 2009

The Andes Mountains near the Chile-Argentina border are dusted with snow, distinguishing their peaks from the rest of the dry, golden brown terrain. Also whitish in color are two salt flats in Chile, west of the peaks: the larger Salar de Pedernales and the smaller Salar de Maricunga.

Providing some extra color are two bright turquoise lakes: Laguna Brava and Laguna Verde. The smaller Laguna Brava can be seen east of the Salar de Pedernales, while the bigger Laguna Verde is east of Laguna Verde.

Laguna Verde is a salt lake in the Atacama Region of the Andes, in Chile near San Francisco Pass. The volcano Ojos del Salado marks the south border of its basin, and the lake is surrounded by high mountains.

Between these two lakes lies the Sierra Nevada de Lagunas Bravas volcanic complex, covers a total area of 225 kmĀ² in Chile and Argentina. The complex lies in one of the most remote regions of the Andes.

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