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Chungará Lake and Parinacota

Back to the highlands of the northern Chilean altiplano with 3 pictures of the Chungará Lake.

This lake is situated in the Lauca National Park. It covers an area of 21,5 square kilometers and has a depth of 33 meters. Located at an altitude of 4.500 meters Chungará Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world. Higher than the more famous Lake Titicaca (at 3.812 meters).

Close to its banks you find the Parinacota, a dormant volcano that is 6.348 meters high. Approximately 8000 years ago the lake is formed after an enormous eruption of this volcano.

In July (winter), the sky is usually clear. Also the day of my visit but there was a fair amount of wind making it a bit cold but even worse: no clear reflections of the mountain on the water. The standard postcard style picture of this lake is one showing a crystal clear reflected volcano.
When I was there I could see minor reflections on the ice near the shore, not on the water in the middle of the lake :(

In the workshop two other pictures of Chungará Lake.
One shows also the highest mountain of Bolivia, the Nevado Sajama, another volcano with an altitude of 6.542 meters.
A curiosity of this volcano is its treeline: the tree ‘Polylepis tarapacana’ grows there up to a height of 5.200 meters above sea level. This is one of the highest altitudes at which trees can be found growing anywhere in the world.

All information from Wikipedia.

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Additional Photos by Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6785 W: 24 N: 16023] (62802)
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