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Payun Matru Shield Volcano and Llancanelo Lagoon, Argentina

36.4S 69.1W

February 3rd, 2012 Category: Lakes, Volcanoes

Argentina - January 9th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows Payun Matru (near the image center), a shield volcano in Argentina, located in the Reserva Provincial La Payunia of the Malargüe Department, to the south of Mendoza Province. Volcán Payun is notable for large crystals of hematite pseudomorphs after magnetite, of volcanic fumarole origin.

Visible as a large, black expanse to the north in the full image is Llancanelo Lagoon (Spanish: Laguna de Llancanelo, a wetland with an area of 650 km² located in the Malargüe Department in the south of Mendoza Province, Argentina. It is situated 75 km from the city of Malargüe, at 1,280 m above mean sea level, within the arid region near the Andes in the limit between the regions of Cuyo and Patagonia. Llancanelo Lagoon is a provincial nature reserve and a Ramsar site that hosts a variety of bird species.

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