Atacama Desert, satellite image

Atacama Desert, satellite image

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Caption: Atacama Desert, Chile and Peru, satellite image. North is at top. The Atacama desert of Chile and Peru is a virtually rainless plateau made up of salt basins (white areas), sand, and lava flows. The desert (light brown) extends from the Andes mountains (partly seen at top right) to the Pacific Ocean (left). Erosion features are seen in the desert, showing where there was once running water. The Peru-Chile border is near the large river channel at top, with Peru to the north. This area is around 100 kilometres across. Image data obtained in 1987.

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Keywords: 1900s, 1980s, 1987, 20th century, atacama desert, chile, chilean, desert, earth observation, earth science, environment, from space, geographical, geography, nature, pacific coast, peru, peruvian, physical geography, satellite, satellite image, south america, south american

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