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.
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.
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