Laguna Verde

December 27, 2005

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Provided and copyright by: Mary-Catherine Lanning
Summary authors & editors: Mary-Catherine Lanning

The photo above showing Laguna Verde (Green Lake) was taken on August 1, 2005 from the Bolivian altiplano, which sits at an elevation of over 4,300m (14,108 ft). Despite being within about 18 degrees of the Equator and having a dry, and rather sunny climate, temperatures in the high elevations of the altiplano routinely drop to freezing, even during summer. The very green colour of the lake is caused by suspended sediments, which are rich in minerals. Behind the lake is the volcano Licancabur, having a summit over 5,900m (19,357 ft) above sea level. This impressive volcanic peak is rumoured to have once been an Inca crypt. The photograph was taken using a panoramic mode in order to capture the entire scence.

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