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Cerros de Visviri, Andes, Chile/Colours of the Earth

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Cerros de Visviri, Andes, Chile/Colours of the Earth

These colourful mountains rise above the northern Atacama Desert among active volcanoes. Acid water and vapour circulating under the earth suface have decomposed the volcanic rock to clay. Iron-bearing minerals have coloured it orange, red and brown. (aerial view)