Nature Wonders Atacama Desert Chile
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The Atacama Desert is situated in South America in the north of Chile and, at its centre, is the most arid region on Earth with salt water lakes, desert mountain areas and endless fields of sand dunes and stone in which the forces of nature have formed an extraordinary landscape. The Atacama extends between the Pacific Ocean and the Cordilleras. An area of stone and sand that is perforated only by various frequently dried out salt lakes.
Salar De Atacama contains several water basins that become flooded with the waters of the Rio San Pedro that has a high mineral content. The largest and most accessible lagoon is that of the Lago Chaxa. It is inhabited by wildlife that is able to obtain its nourishment from salt water.
The Valle De La Luna is particularly impressive and in primeval times was a lake whose bed was elevated and developed due to tectonic activity.
When the setting sun throws its shadows onto the landscape, the play of colour is quite remarkable and the Atacama Desert is transformed once again into a land of enchantment and mystique.