South America, Chile, Norte Grande, Antofagasta Region, Atacama desert, Los Flamencos National Reserve, the altiplano at an altitude of over 4000m looking over the salt lake Laguna de Tuyajto by Gavin Hellier for Stocksy United

South America, Chile, Norte Grande, Antofagasta Region, Atacama desert, Los Flamencos National Reserve, the altiplano at an altitude of over 4000m looking over the salt lake Laguna de Tuyajto

The Atacama Desert (Spanish: Desierto de Atacama) is a plateau in South America, covering a 1,000-kilometre (600 mi) strip of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes mountains. It is, according to NASA, National Geographic and other sources, the driest desert in the world. The Atacama occupies 105,000 square kilometres (41,000 sq mi) composed mostly of salt lakes (salares), sand, and felsic lava flows towards the Andes.

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Uploaded 11 April, 2013
Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

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