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Dust Blowing Off Salar de Pedernales, Chile

23.6S 70.3W

May 28th, 2012 Category: Salt Flats

Chile - May 28th, 2012

The Salar de Pedernales (tan with white edges, center) is a large salt flat in the Atacama Region of Chile. It is located just to the west of the Cordillera de Claudio Gay. Here, that part of the Andes Mountains, east of the salt flat, is covered in snow. Within the salt flat, a small lake still exists that provides a habitat for birds such as the Andean Flamingo. While the appearance of streaked patterns towards the southeast is usual for the salt flat, here the blurred view of the area suggests that there is some airborne dust coming from the salt flat and blowing towards the southeast as well.

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