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Dust Blowing Off Salar de Pedernales, Chile

23.6S 70.3W

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.

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

26.8S 68.4W

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 kmĀ² in Chile and Argentina. The complex lies in one of the most remote regions of the Andes.