Cordillera Central of the Andes Mountains, Colombia2.5N 76W
In Colombia, near the Ecuadorian frontier, the Andes Mountains divide into three distinct, roughly parallel chains, called cordilleras, that extend northeastward almost to the Caribbean Sea. Altitudes reach more than 18,700 ft (5,700 m), and mountain peaks are permanently covered with snow.
This orthorectified image focuses on the Cordillera Central, the loftiest of the mountain systems. Its crystalline rocks form a towering wall dotted with snow-covered volcanoes that is 500 mi (800 km) long. There are no plateaus in this range and no passes under 10,825 ft (3,300 m).