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Sediments Along Coast of Argentine Patagonia – September 28th, 2012

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September 28th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Sediments

Argentina – September 24th, 2012

Sediments line the coast of the Argentine provinces of Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego, both part of Patagonia, from the San Jorge Gulf to the Mitre Peninsula.

Visible parallel to the west coast are the Andes Mountains, along the border with Chile. Visible by the mountains are several bright blue glacial lakes (from north to south): Lake O’Higgins/San Martín (the former name is used in Chile, the latter in Argentina), Viedma Lake and Argentino Lake.

Smoke East of Andes, Over Peru

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September 18th, 2012 Category: Fires

Peru – September 5th, 2012

Smoke from fires in Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay blows westward to the Andes Mountains. Here, the smoke can be seen blowing over the Brazilian state of Acre and hovering over Peru, prevented from reaching the coast by the crests of the Andes.

Fires Across Bolivia and Brazil – September 10th, 2012

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September 10th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Lakes

Bolivia and Peru – August 29th, 2012

Multiple plumes of smoke from fires in Bolivia (lower right quadrant) and the Brazilian states of Rondônia (upper right) and Amazonas (above center) can be seen across this view of South America (click here for previous images). The plumes of smoke in Bolivia are blowing due northwest, while those in Brazil are fanning out over a larger area, although still being carried in a generally northwesterly direction. Visible across the Andes Mountains in the lower left quadrant is Lake Titicaca, on the border of Bolivia and Peru.

Spine of the Andes and Salt Flats in Argentina

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June 18th, 2012 Category: Salt Flats

Argentina - June 5th, 2012

While the spine of the Andes Mountains, running along the Chile-Argentina border, appears bright white due to snowfall, it is not the only bright white feature on the South American landscape nearby: several salt flats are visible to the east, in Argentina. Visible near the foothills of the Andes are the Salinas Grandes, a salt desert in the Córdoba and Santiago del Estero provinces of the Sierras de Córdoba that covers an area of 3,200 mi² (8,290 km²). Further east, salt flats can be seen by the northern shores of the Mar Chiquita, an endorheic salt lake that is the largest of the naturally occurring saline lakes in Argentina. Here, some dust (probably salt and other minerals) can be seen blowing off the Mar Chiquita salt flats and southward over the lake.

Bright Colors of Bolivia’s Geographical Features – June 18th, 2012

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June 18th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Bolivia - June 5th, 2012

Features of Bolivia’s landscape show a diversity of colors: the navy blue of Lake Titicaca,  the bright white of the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, and the intense green and brown waters of Lake Poopó. Lake Titicaca, located in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia, is the largest lake in South America by volume of water. The lake is composed of two nearly separate sub-basins that are connected by the Strait of Tiquina. Water flows out the single outlet at the Rio Desaguadero, which then flows south through Bolivia to Lake Poopó.