Fil­i­gree land­scape in Chile's At­a­ca­ma Desert

Filigree landscape in Chile's Atacama Desert
Fil­i­gree land­scape in Chile's At­a­ca­ma Desert
Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

Filigree landscape in Chile's Atacama Desert

This Tan­DEM-X im­age shows Salar de Uyu­ni, the largest salt flats in the world cov­er­ing 10,000 square kilo­me­tres, lo­cat­ed next to the vol­canic re­gion of the At­a­ca­ma Desert. The blue to dark blue ar­eas show the low­est ly­ing parts of the salt flats. A trained eye can see the bound­aries of rock de­posits in the three-di­men­sion­al mod­el. This in­for­ma­tion about land­scape fea­tures helps us draw im­por­tant con­clu­sions about the ori­gins and de­vel­op­ment of the area.

This TanDEM-X image shows Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flats in the world covering 10,000 square kilometres, located next to the volcanic region of the Atacama Desert. The blue to dark blue areas show the lowest lying parts of the salt flats. A trained eye can see the boundaries of rock deposits in the three-dimensional model. This information about landscape features helps us draw important conclusions about the origins and development of the area.

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