SPOT-1 satellite image of Atacama Desert, Chile

SPOT-1 satellite image of Atacama Desert, Chile

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Caption: Atacama Desert. Infrared SPOT-1 satellite image of part of the Atacama Desert in Chile - possibly the driest place on Earth. North is towards the top. Volcanic soil appears brown, mineral deposits white (upper right), vegetation red and water dark blue. Crossing the picture is the fertile valley (red) of the River Loa, a seasonal river from the Andes mountains. Just left of centre is the town Catama, partly surrounded by irrigated farmland. Catama experienced a 400 year drought up to 1971. An open cast mine appears left of upper centre, with nearby treatment ponds. Image data gathered by the French satellite SPOT-1.

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