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Valdes Peninsula in Argentine Patagonia

42.5S 64.2W

February 9th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Argentina - January 25th, 2010

Argentina - January 25th, 2010

The green of the Pampas (above) gradually fades into the tan of Patagonia as one moves southward in this image of Argentina and parts of Chile (far left). The Valdes Peninsula stands out along the coastline to the right.

The peninsula is located along the Atlantic coast in the Viedma Department in the north east of Chubut Province, Argentina. Its surface area is about 3,625 km². The nearest large town is Puerto Madryn, and the only town on the peninsula itself is the small settlement of Puerto Piramides. There are also a number of estancias, where sheep are raised.

Most of the peninsula is barren land with some salt lakes. It is an important nature reserve which was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. The coastline is inhabited by marine mammals, like sea lions, elephant seals and fur seals. Southern right whales can be found in Golfo Nuevo and Golfo San José, protected bodies of water located between the peninsula and the Patagonian mainland. The inner part of the peninsula is inhabited by rheas, guanacos and maras, as well as a high diversity and range of birds.

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