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Dust Blowing Off Salar de Pedernales, Chile

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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.

Ojos del Salado Volcano and Cerro el Muerto Peak on Chile-Argentina Border – October 27th, 2009

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October 27th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Volcanoes

Argentina and Chile - September 29th, 2009

Argentina and Chile - September 29th, 2009

Many volcanoes can be seen along the border of Chile (left) and Argentina (right) in the upper left quadrant of this orthorectified image. Of particular note are the volcano Ojos del Salado and the mountain Cerro el Muerto, near Laguna Verde, the greyish-looking body of water in that same quadrant.

Laguna Verde is a salt lake in the Andes Mountains of Chile. It lies in the Atacama Region, near San Francisco Pass, surrounded by high mountains. The volcano Ojos del Salado marks the south border of its basin.

Visible directly south of the lake is Cerro el Muerto (sometimes translated as “Death Mountain” or “The Dead One”), a mountain peak that is part of the Andes mountain range. It is also known as the 16th of the largest mountain peaks in the Argentine-Chilean border at 6488 m.

The closest neighboring mountain is Ojos del Salado, visible to the southwest on the edge of the image, a massive stratovolcano in the Andes on the Argentina-Chile border and the highest volcano in the world at 6891 m. It is also the second highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere and the highest in Chile. Its name comes from the enormous deposits of salt that, in the form of lagoons or “eyes”, appear in its glaciers

Due to its location near the Atacama desert, the mountain has very dry conditions with snow only remaining on the peak during winter. Despite the generally dry conditions, there is a permanent crater lake about 100 m in diameter at an elevation of 6390 m on the eastern side of Ojos del Salado. This is most likely the highest lake of any kind in the world.

Lakes, Salt Flats and Volcanoes in the Andes Mountains – September 10th, 2009

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September 10th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Volcanoes

Chile and Argentina - August 24th, 2009

Chile and Argentina - August 24th, 2009

The Andes Mountains near the Chile-Argentina border are dusted with snow, distinguishing their peaks from the rest of the dry, golden brown terrain. Also whitish in color are two salt flats in Chile, west of the peaks: the larger Salar de Pedernales and the smaller Salar de Maricunga.

Providing some extra color are two bright turquoise lakes: Laguna Brava and Laguna Verde. The smaller Laguna Brava can be seen east of the Salar de Pedernales, while the bigger Laguna Verde is east of Laguna Verde.

Laguna Verde is a salt lake in the Atacama Region of the Andes, in Chile near San Francisco Pass. The volcano Ojos del Salado marks the south border of its basin, and the lake is surrounded by high mountains.

Between these two lakes lies the Sierra Nevada de Lagunas Bravas volcanic complex, covers a total area of 225 km² in Chile and Argentina. The complex lies in one of the most remote regions of the Andes.