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Snow in the Atacama Desert (2)

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Paipote Gorge (Region of Atacama, Chile) with snow in July 2005. Sector El Escorial in 2000 meters high.

Photo: Paipote Gorge (Region of Atacama, Chile) with snow in July 2005. Sector El Escorial in 2000 meters high. (Photo: W. Griem;  Kodak6153) Large Photo

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Camera Kodak DX6490 | Focal length: 6,3mm | Shutter speed: 1:500
F: f/5.6 | Original size: 2304 x 1728 | Date: 2005/07/16/13:42 hrs.

Snow in the Atacama Desert: p.1 | p.2

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If there is snow in the desert, the danger increases. We must not forget that this is an isolated sector and there is no help in the event of an accident. Water, product to thaw could erode the roads and prevent the return with the vehicle.

Puquios Sector in Paipote Creek, July 2005: With a little snow the aspect changes considerably. The hills appear more present, closer. Unfortunately, this phenomenon is rare, especially in the heights of the abandoned village of Puquios.

More information about the abandoned village of Puquios: See here

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Snow in the Atacama Desert, especially in the high altitude sectors, is considered an important contribution to the groundwater system. But it should be taken into consideration that snow in the heights of the Andes mountain range disappears by sublimation. That is, directly from the solid state (ice) it is transferred to the gaseous state.

 

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The Ruins of Puquios with the snow-capped mountains of the Atacama Desert.

Photo: The Ruins of Puquios with the snow-capped mountains of the Atacama Desert.  (W. Griem, 2005;  Kodak6138) - Large Photo

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Camera Kodak DX6490 | Focal length: 34,6mm | Shutter speed: 1:350
F: f/6.3 | Original size: 2304 x 1728 | Date: 2005/07/16/12:57hrs.

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