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Buenos Aires Lake / General Carrera Lake on Argentina-Chile Border

46.5S 71.3W

June 5th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Argentina - May 23rd, 2011

The large lake in Patagonia surrounded by the Andes Mountains in this image of the Chile-Argentina border zone is known as both Buenos Aires Lake (in Argentina) and General Carrera Lake (in Chile).

The lake has a surface of 1,850 km² of which 970 km² are in the Chilean Aisén Region, and 880 km² to the Argentine Santa Cruz Province. It is of glacial origin.

Patagonia, From Chile’s Pacific Coast to Argentina’s Atlantic Coast

44.7S 70.3W

March 14th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

Argentina - February 17th, 2011

This image focuses on Patagonia, stretching from the coast of Chile, along the Pacific Ocean, to the coast of Argentina, along the Atlantic Ocean.

The land near the Andes appears greener and more vegetated, although many of the mountain peaks are dusted with snow. The land east of the Andes appears drier and is generally composed of steppes.

Notable features include a large lake on the Argentina-Chile border southwest of the image center, known as Buenos Aires Lake in Argentina or General Carrera Lake in Chile. To the northwest of the lake lie the Moraleda Channel, a body of water separating the Chonos Archipelago from the mainland of Chile, and the Gulf of Corcovado.

Chonos Archipelago and General Carrera Lake, Chile and Argentina – March 5th, 2011

45.1S 73.9W

March 5th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Argentina and Chile - February 10th, 2011

Most of the islands visible by the Chilean coast in this image are part of the Chonos Archipelago (Spanish: Archipiélago de los Chonos), a series of low, mountainous, elongated islands with deep bays, traces of a submerged Chilean Coast Range.

Of interest further inland is General Carrera Lake (also known as Buenos Aires Lake in Argentina), located in Patagonia on the Chile-Argentina border. The lake is of glacial origin and is surrounded by the Andes mountain range. It drains to the Pacific Ocean on the west through the Baker River.

Baker Channel and Nearby Lakes in Patagonia – March 21st, 2010

46.4S 71.8W

March 21st, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Chile and Argentina - February 25th, 2010

Chile and Argentina - February 25th, 2010

The large lake stretching from Argentina (right) into Chile (left) in the upper portion of this image is known as Buenos Aires Lake in Argentina and General Carrera Lake in Chile. The lake has a surface of 1,850 km² of which 970 km² are in the Chilean Aisén Region, and 880 km² to the Argentine Santa Cruz Province, which makes it the biggest lake in Chile, and the fourth largest in Argentina.

Several other lakes, inlets and channels can be seen by the Andes Mountains in Chile. One of these is Baker Channel, also known as Calen Inlet, located in the Aisén Region (lower left quadrant). The Baker River discharges into Martinez Inlet, the northern part of this large estuary (appearing greenish tan with sediments).

It penetrates the mainland about 75 mi and opens into Tarn Bay at the south-east corner of the Gulf of Penas. Baker Channel also receives the waters of the O’Higgins/San Martín Lake through the Pascua River. The lake’s far-reaching fjord-like arms extend approximately from lat. 49° 11′ to 48° 22′ S. Its north-west arm is that which drains into the mentioned river.

Santa Cruz Province, Argentine Patagonia – November 14th, 2009

47.7S 65.8W

November 14th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Argentina - September 30th, 2009

Argentina - September 30th, 2009

Santa Cruz is a province of Argentina, located in the southern part of the country, in Patagonia. It borders Chubut province to the north, and Chile to the west and south. To the east is the Atlantic Ocean. It is the second largest province of the country, but the least densely populated of the Argentine mainland.

The average temperatures are 13°C in summer, and 3° in winter, when temperatures can fall to -25°. Strong winds blow all year round.

To the west, the Andes at these latitudes are lower than in the centre and north of Argentina, but still have year-round snow. An immense ice sheet feeds numerous glaciers. Even though precipitation in this western ice-sheet area is common, rain is scarce in other areas, with an average of 200 mm per year.

The lakes in western Santa Cruz province are mostly fed by glacieal melt-water; however, due to the cold climate their shores are not used for agriculture. The largest include Buenos Aires Lake (2,240 km², of which 881 km² is in Argentina), Cardiel Lake (460 km²), Viedma Lake (1082 km²), Argentino Lake (1560 km²), Pueyrredón Lake, Belgrano Lake and San Martín Lake (1.013 km²) are all in the west of the province.

The Atlantic coastline is a mixture of beaches and cliffs. From the centre to the Atlantic coast in the east, plateaux of descending height dominate the landscape. The cold, arid steppe is crossed by rivers that produce fertile valleys; Deseado River, Santa Cruz River, Gallegos River, Coyle River, Chico River and Pinturas River.

Here, the Deseado River can be seen crossing the upper half of the image horizontally and spilling greenish sediments into the Atlantic Ocean. Its source is the glacier-thaw of Buenos Aires Lake, visible as a large, dark blue body of water due west of the river along the mountainous border with Chile.

Further down the shoreline, the Santa Cruz and Chico Rivers create a large delta from which more sediments flow into the ocean. The source of the Santa Cruz Rivers begins at the shore of the Viedma and Argentino Lakes (both visible although partially covered by clouds west of the delta.