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PN Lauca | Laguna de Cotacotani and Volcán Parinacota
WI_ch396.jpg PN Lauca  |  Lago Chungará and Volcán Parinacota Thumbnails PN Lauca  |  Nevado Sajama (Bolivia)

The dormant Volcán Parinacota (6348 m) is seen on the right side, Volcán Pomerape (6282 m) just behind to the left. The hummocky landscape goes back to a 6 km³ rock/debris avalanche originating from a volcanically induced collapse of the slopes of Volcàn Parinacota approx. 8000 years ago. The Laguna the Cotacotani seen in the left portion of the image is influenced by these deposits. However, its origin is most likely related to glacial processes.

Friday 22 September 2006 by Martin Mergili (3174 visits)
South America / Chile