Moonlit martian landscape in Valle de la Muerte near San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile. Photo: Jack Brauer.

Moonlit martian landscape in Valle de la Muerte near San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile. Photo: Jack Brauer.

Atacama penitentes, Chile: "The snow undergoes a process of sublimation – when ice changes directly to gas without changing to water first. The sublimation causes pits in snow that hollow out to deeper caverns. When ice sublimates in the caverns, it turns to mist – and makes the climate in the cavern wet enough for liquid to form." *Click for more, including a video.

Atacama penitentes, Chile: "The snow undergoes a process of sublimation – when ice changes directly to gas without changing to water first. The sublimation causes pits in snow that hollow out to deeper caverns. When ice sublimates in the caverns, it turns to mist – and makes the climate in the cavern wet enough for liquid to form." *Click for more, including a video.

Birds landing...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.

Birds landing...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.

Atacama Desert, Chili http://www.voyagescouture.com/voyage-sur-mesure/44-chili

Atacama Desert, Chili http://www.voyagescouture.com/voyage-sur-mesure/44-chili

El desierto florido, Desierto de Atacama (Chile) El desierto florido es un fenómeno climático que se produce en el Desierto de Atacama, que ...

El desierto florido, Desierto de Atacama (Chile) El desierto florido es un fenómeno climático que se produce en el Desierto de Atacama, que ...

Atacama Desert Chile - The closest point on earth to the stars

Atacama Desert Chile - The closest point on earth to the stars

Laguna Cejar - San Pedro de Atacama - Chilean Desert, Chile // I SO have to go there!!!

Laguna Cejar - San Pedro de Atacama - Chilean Desert, Chile // I SO have to go there!!!

Desierto de Atacama  Chile.  Perhaps the most beautiful place I've ever been.  Truly breathtaking.

Desierto de Atacama Chile. Perhaps the most beautiful place I've ever been. Truly breathtaking.

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