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Light Summer Snowfall Over the Andes, Chile and Argentina

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January 14th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Chile - December 20th, 2009

Chile - December 20th, 2009

The Andes Mountains, running along the border of Chile (west) and Argentina (east), appear covered in snow only near the highest peaks, due to the warmer temperatures of the southern hemisphere summer.

In Chile, several rivers spill sediments off the coast and into the Pacific Ocean. In Argentina, the two most prominent rivers  visible are linked to artificial lakes. These rivers are the Neuquén (above) and the Limay (below).

After being dammed for the generation of hydroelectric power, their respective reservoirs were created. The one furthest east is called Pellegrini Lake. The two clustered together to the west are part of the Cerros Colorados Complex, and the final one to the south was created by the El Chocón Dam.

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