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The Resplendent Laguna Palcacocha
Peru

At the end of the valley, sitting right below the massive glacier of Palcaraju (6,274m) is the turquoise lake of Palcacocha. The proximity of it to the provincial capital of Huaraz is both a blessing as well as a curse  - supplying water as it does but it also kills by breaching its moraine wall as it did in 1943 when an avalnache of ice, mud and water claimed the lives of approximately 7000 inhabitants in its path.

The mighty Ranrapalca (6162m) has seen its glacial cover receding fast in the last 20 to 30 years and now large chunks of glacial debris are commonly seen in its expanding glacial lake of Llaca at its southwestern face.

Copyright: Arroz Marisco
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 14000x7000
Taken: 23/07/2012
Uploaded: 22/04/2013
Updated: 05/04/2015
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Tags: quebrada cojup; churup; pucaranra; palcaraju; ranrapalca; huapi; palcacocha; cordillera blanca; huaraz; andes; ancash; peru
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