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The Valley of the Moon (Valle de la Luna) at 2,520 meters (8,267.71 ft) above sea level, San Pedro de Atacama, the Atacama Desert, Chile.

The Valley of the Moon (Valle de la Luna) at 2,520 meters (8,267.71 ft) above sea level, San Pedro de Atacama, the Atacama Desert, Chile.

Recent geological studies indicate that a large lake or perimeter interior sea existed in the El Tambo sector between Toconao and Peine at the end of the Tertiary Era formed by the Licancabur volcano watershed whose alluvial trawls and debris deposits formed the base of the Cordillera de the Salt which were deposited from a tectonic fault of the Cordillera de Domeyko, which is the basis of such a peculiar landscape. It is formed by a series of transverse valleys and high outcrops in the northwest direction in the form of ridges of layers of siltstone, gypsum, and salt (sodium chloride), clay and sand forming sedimentary rocks of Paleozoic origin.

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Photo taken @ San Pedro de Atacama on 17 February 2019 (© ER's Eyes On a Break. I'll be back in January. Bes / Flickr)

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