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Andes Mountains Separating Altiplano and Gran Chaco, Bolivia

17.8S 64.8W

September 16th, 2012 Category: Fires, Lakes, Mountains, Salt Flats

Bolivia and Peru – August 31st, 2012

The ridges of the Andes Mountains mark the division between two starkly contrasting regions in Bolivia: the arid altiplanto (left) and the hot and semi-arid lowlands of the Gran Chaco (sometimes referred to as the Chaco Plain). Visible by the left edge are the bright white salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni and the greenish waters of Lake Poopó. Of note in the upper right corner is smoke from fires that have been affecting the country recently (click here for previous images).

Andes Mountains Dividing High Arid Terrain from Low Vegetated Plains, South America

22.6S 67.2W

November 14th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Salt Flats

Argentina - November 5th, 2010

The Andes Mountains run down the center of this image of Bolivia (above), Chile (lower left) and Argentina (lower right), neatly dividing the lower, more fertile terrain to the east from the arid, high plateaus to the west.

The bright white area in the upper left corner is the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, in Bolivia. The green area in the lower right corner is Mar Chiquita, a salt lake in Argentina.

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia, from Andes Mountains to Manaus – August 28th, 2010

August 28th, 2010 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains, Salt Flats

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia - August 25th, 2010

Fires in Bolivia have burned more than 3.7 milion acres (1.5 million hectares) in the past few weeks and are advancing “dangerously” in four of the nation’s nine states, reported the government’s news service.

A state of emergency has been declared in Bolivia’s Santa Cruz state, one of four states in the nation battling wildfires. In addition to Santa Cruz, the fires are burning large segments of Pando, Beni and La Paz states. The flames are fanned by high wind gusts and arid conditions caused by drought, officials said.

The thumbnail image focuses on the area near the border between Peru (below) and Bolivia (above). The Andes Mountains are preventing the smoke from spreading further south into Peru. Clearly visible south of the mountains are Lake Titicaca and the Salar de Uyuni. The full extent of the veil of smoke can be seen upon opening the full image, reaching northward all the way to Manáus, Brazil.

Mar Chiquita and Salinas Grandes by Andes Mountains, Argentina – June 26th, 2010

26.8S 65.2W

June 26th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Salt Flats

Argentina - June 6th, 2010

Argentina - June 6th, 2010

The Andes Mountains extend vertically across the left side of this image of Argentina. Visible as a grey circular area amidst the green of a valley below the mountains is the city of San Miguel de Tucumán.

Moving to the south, two large, greyish white expanses can be observed. These are the salt flats of the Salinas Grandes. In the lower right corner, also showing some whitish salt flats on its northeastern banks, is Mar Chiquita, the largest natural salt lake in Argentina.

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

26.8S 68.4W

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 km² in Chile and Argentina. The complex lies in one of the most remote regions of the Andes.

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