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Snow in the Andes West of Mar Chiquita, Argentina

30.6S 62.5W

October 15th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Argentina - September 30th, 2009

Argentina - September 30th, 2009

The Andes Mountains, though veiled by clouds in some places, appear capped by bright white snow as they run horizontally along the western border of Argentina. In a large depression to the right of this long mountain chain lies the Mar Chiquita, the country’s largest naturally occurring salt lake.

Here, much of the shallow lake appears greenish, with white salt flats visible on its northwestern shores. Due to its shallow depth and evaporation, its surface area and salinity vary greatly. This surface area tends to vacilate between averages of 2,000 and 4,500 kmĀ².

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