Icy lagoon near Paranal

Unexpected view of the desert around Paranal Observatory. This area of the Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on Earth where rainfalls may not be detected for years. A surprising lagoon, about 50 metres wide and frozen because of the low night temperatures, is the result of a heavy rainfall in September 2006.

Credit:

G. Gillet / ESO

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Id:laguna_hielo_009
Type:Photographic
Release date:27 April 2010, 11:58
Size:3504 x 2336 px

About the Object

Name:Atacama Desert
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Feature : Surface
• X - Paranal

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