14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Sand dune in Valley of the Moon
According to estimates the Atacama Desert proper occupies 105,000 square kilometres if the barren lower slopes of the Andes are included. Most of the desert is composed of stony terrain, salt lakes (salares), sand, and felsic lava that flows towards the Andes. In this picture, one can see Valley of the Moon which 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.
© Antonio Salaverry.
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||Aug. 30, 2016, 12:16 p.m.