Image of Patagonia - South
Snow and clouds cover the Andes Mountain Range in southern
Argentina (August 14, 2002
The snow on the mountains emphasizes the ridges and valleys, making them
look all the more dramatic against the relatively bare earth of Inner
Argentina. The low-lying clouds also tend to follow the land’s shape along
their edges, but do not reveal the shapes underneath them as well as the
snow blankets do, and they have a distinctive fluffy visual texture that the
snows lack. The higher resolutions of the image illustrate the differences
in better detail.
Large lakes are also visible glowing brilliantly blue and green against the
white and brown land and clouds. In order from top to bottom, the lakes are
Lago General Carrera, Lago Cochrane, Lago Quiroga and Strobel (the two small
lakes in the center of the image), Lago O’Higgins, Lago Cardiel (next to
Lago ’Higgins), Lago Viedma, and Lago Argentino. To the left of Chile is the
southern Pacific Ocean, to the right of Argentina is the southern Atlantic
Ocean, and to the south of both countries is the Drake Passage, which
separates South America from Antarctica by over 800 km (about 500
miles) of some of the most treacherous seas on the planet.
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