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The Stinking Lake (Laguna Hedionda) at 4,121m. (13,520.34 ft.), Bolivian Highlands (Altiplanos Boliviano), Potosí, Bolivia.

The Stinking Lake (Laguna Hedionda) at 4,121m. (13,520.34 ft.), Bolivian Highlands (Altiplanos Boliviano), Potosí, Bolivia.

Hunter gatherers of the paleo-ceramic or Paleo-Indian period (8,000 BC) lived in the vicinity of the lake.

Between 10,000 BC and 2500 BC, the languages spoken in the area were Uru and Choquela.

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Specifically, the catchment of Laguna Hedionda borders with Chile and Argentina. It is located just north of lake Ch'iyar Quta in the central Andes mountains at an elevation of 4,121 metres (13,520 ft). There are several mountains within 44 kilometres (27 mi) including Michincha, Cerro Volcanes, Cerro de Pajonal, Cerro de Tatio, Pabellón and Tocorpuri.

Laguna Hedionda has a water surface area of 3 square kilometres (1.2 sq mi). It is one of the four blue lakes that are seen on the way from the southern road that leads through Ollagüe volcano (elevation 5,865 metres (19,242 ft)), the only active volcano in Bolivia; the other three lakes are Cañapa, Ramaditas and Ch'iyar Quta. All the lakes are sourced by springs and have high sulphur content. The peripheral area of the lake is strewn with black volcanic rocks. Coal deposits are found near the lake. The catchment area of the lake is primarily covered with semi-desert steppe and dwarf scrub. Access to the lake is from San Juan via Chiguana which is a rail head and military post.

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Photo taken @ Ollagüe on 12 February 2019 (© ER's Eyes - Our planet is beautiful. / Flickr)

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