Atacama, Chile and Catamarca, Argentina
In the Southern Volcanic Zone of the Andes, on the border of Chile and Argentina, at altitudes ranging between 3 and 6.5 kilometers above sea level, PROBA-V spotted a lovely patchwork of volcanic fields, with several calderas and lava flows (black), alternating with salt deserts and salt lagunes (white) in this false-colour, 100 m image from April last year. Prominently visible is the elongated and narrow salt desert of Antofalla, the longest in the world. It is accompanied by the Namesake volcano (6,400 m) to its northwest. In the northwest corner is the Lago Salar del Hombre Muerto (salt lake of the dead man), a name that testifies to the harsh, dry and cold environment of this remote area, used mainly for tourism and scientific expeditions. Despite the aridity (less than 200 mm precipitation annually), there are some green pastures and small lakes (Lagunas), shown here in bright blue that support for instance Andean wildlife such as flamingos, foxes or vicuñas.