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Spine of the Andes and Salt Flats in Argentina

38.7S 62.9W

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.

Salinas Grandes and Mar Chiquita, Argentina

38.7S 62.9W

April 5th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

Argentina - March 31st, 2012

Salt flats can be observed in several parts of this image of Argentina: the large salt desert of the Salinas Grandes, just below the center of the image, and salt flats by Mar Chiquita, near the right edge.

The Salinas Grandes are located in the Córdoba and Santiago del Estero provinces of the Sierras de Córdoba in Argentina. They cover an area of 3,200 mi² (8,290 km²). They are of industrial importance for their sodium and potassium mines, and they have recently been used for the lithium brine beneath the salt.

Andes Mountains and Salinas Grandes Salt Desert – May 26th, 2009

29.9S 64.7W

May 26th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Argentina and Chile - April 13th, 2009

Argentina and Chile - April 13th, 2009

The Andes are the world’s longest exposed mountain range. They lie as a continuous chain of highland along the western coast of South America.

Here, a portion of the Andes in Chile (left) and Argentina (right) can be observed. This area is part of the South Volcanic Zone, a volcanic arc that is one of the four volcanic zones of the Andes.

The South Volcanic Zone extends roughly from Central Chile’s Andes at the latitude of Santiago to Mount Hudson in Aysén Region, a distance of well over 870 mi (1,400 km). The arc has formed due to subduction of Nazca Plate under the South American Plate along the Peru-Chile Trench.

An interesting feature visible here is the Salinas Grandes, a salt desert in the Córdoba and Santiago del Estero provinces of the Sierras de Córdoba in Argentina. It covers an area of 3,200 mi² (8,290 km²), identifiable here as a large white patch on the right side of the image. The Salinas Grandes are of industrial importance for their sodium and potassium mines.

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