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Cojup Valley with breached moraine dam
WI_pe051.jpg Huaraz  |  Panoramic view with Cordillera Blanca Thumbnails Cojup Valley  |  Breached moraine dam

The prominent gap in the moraine ridge in the centre of the image and the debris deposited directly downstream are the results of a dam failure and sudden drainage of Laguna Palcacocha (formerly impounded behind this ridge) on 13 December 1941. The resulting mass flow caused major damage and numerous fatalities 23 km downstream in Huaraz. The summit in the central background of the image is Nevado Palcaraju (6274 m).

Created
Friday 21 July 2017 by Martin Mergili (1125 visits)
Region
South America / Peru