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The View from the Summit of Chacaltaya (5,421m)
Bolivia

A relatively short walk from the now defunct ski-lift area will take one to reach an astonishing altitude of 5,421m in about half an hour, commanding an almost uninterrupted view of La Paz valley and the surrounding mountains.

Originally topped with a glacier that had all but melted away by late 2009, now the mountain hut and the ski resort of Chacaltaya is left to tell the sorry tale of the effect of global warming. It is envisaged that within 15 years or so the Andes will see enough of its massive glaciers retreating to threaten the water supply to the entire region.

Copyright: Arroz Marisco
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 14000x7000
Taken: 25/05/2012
Uploaded: 12/11/2012
Updated: 11/06/2014
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Tags: chacaltaya; huayna potosi; cordillera real; la paz; bolivia; andes
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