Photographer's Note

It's not exactly a unique shot, but in any visit to Santiago de Chile it's a necessary one. Cerro San Cristobal is the highest point in the city, and on a clear day has unrivaled views of the Andes Mountains and the Chilean Coastal Range, which create a bowl in which the city itself sits. In the winter months - June, July and August in the Southern Hemisphere - this allows a thermal inversion in which air is held still at ground level. This tends to lead to a great deal of smog in the city itself, an issue Santiago has dealt with for several decades since it began to expand rapidly after World War II.

We were fortunate enough to see it on a reasonably clear winter day. This view, west from the top of Cerro San Cristobal, shows two of Santiago's newest and most modern buildings, one of which is still being constructed, with the Andes as a magnificent backdrop. In the center of the photo you can see the thick band of smog that hangs over the city, obscuring spectacular crystal clear views.

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Additional Photos by Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 884 W: 75 N: 1695] (7511)
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