Valle de la Luna

November 04, 2019

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Photographer: Rick Scott
Summary Author: Rick Scott 

Valle de la Luna is a geologically interesting valley in the Atacama Desert, west of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. It’s found within the Reserva Nacional los Flamencos and on the edge of Salar de Atacama, the largest salt flat in Chile. Exposed stone, sand, clay and salt formations here have been beautifully sculpted by water and wind erosion, as shown in the foreground. The volcanoes in the distance straddle the Chile/Bolivia border. Cone-shaped Volcan Licancabur (19,409 ft, 5,916 m) is on the left and to its right is Volcan Juriques (18,713 ft, 5,704 m) -- both are stratovolcanoes. Photo taken on July 5, 2019, after observing the total solar eclipse that occurred nearby 3 days earlier.

Photo Details: Canon PowerShot G1 X camera; 1/250 second exposure; f/8; ISO 100; in raw mode; zoom lens set to 60.4 mm.