Atacama Desert & Andean foothils, N.Chile

Atacama Desert & Andean foothils, N.Chile

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Caption: Atacama Desert. Coloured satellite view of part of the Atacama desert, northern Chile. The desert is one of the driest places on Earth. The only signs of vegetation are occasional red patches in seasonal river valleys. In the top left of the frame are vast alluvial fans, indicating a history of seasonal flooding by water running off the nearby Andes Mountains (brown colours). The geography here is typical of a destructive (or convergent) plate margin, with a range of volcanic mountains and a narrow coastal plain. The data for this image were gathered by a Landsat satellite.

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Keywords: alluvial fan, andes, atacama, atacama desert, chile, desert, desert landscape, environment, foothills, from space, geography

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