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Salt Flats and Fields Across Argentine Landscape Near Bahía Blanca

37.2S 66.4W

October 22nd, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats, Volcanoes

Argentina - October 12th, 2010

Sediments from the Naposta Stream pour past the city of Bahía Blanca and into the Atlantic Ocean, giving the waters along the shoreline a tan tint.

To the west, at the left edge, the Neuquén (above) and Limay (below) Rivers can be observed. The lake surrounding their banks is vegetated and green. Several artificial lakes are clustered around these rivers.

Multiple white areas of salt flats can be observed, scattered across the terrain on the left side of the image. The land on the right side, on the other hand, appears greener; many agricultural fields can be seen scattered across the landscape upon opening the full image.

Also visible in the full image, appearing as a dark brown area north of the lakes near the upper left corner, is the Payun Matru shield volcano. The Payun volcano is notable for large crystals of hematite pseudomorphs after magnetite, of volcanic fumarole origin.

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