Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Valle de la Luna

Valle de la Luna by carlos restrepo (carlosrestrepo) on 500px.com
Valle de la Luna by carlos restrepo Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) is located 13 kilometres (8 mi) west of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile in the Cordillera de la Sal, in the Atacama desert of Chile. It has various stone and sand formations which have been carved by wind and water. It has an impressive range of color and texture, looking somewhat similar to the surface of the moon. There are also dry lakes where the composition of salt makes a white covering layer of the area. It presents diverse saline outcrops which appear like man-made sculptures. There are also a great variety of caverns. Valle de la Luna is a part of the Reserva Nacional los Flamencos and was declared a Nature Sanctuary in 1982 for its great natural beauty and strange lunar landscape, from which its name is derived. The valley is also considered one of the driest places on earth, as some areas have not received a single drop of rain in hundreds of years.



El Valle de la Luna es un paraje desértico perteneciente a la Región de Antofagasta; se ubica a 13 kilómetros al oeste de San Pedro de Atacama. En 1982 fue declarado santuario de la naturaleza y es parte de la Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos.

Este lugar es una depresión pequeña que rodea Sierra Orbate a 2500 msnm y forma parte de la Cordillera de la sal. Fue formado a lo largo de milenios por la erosión fluvial y eólica, las que han tallado su suelo en formas tales como: crestas con puntas, hondonadas, montículos de colores grises y ocres, que le dan esa apariencia lunar tan característica.
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