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Sol de Mañana

Sol de Mañana
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Copyright: Joris Matthe (Tenfold) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 85 W: 15 N: 138] (932)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-09
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon A570IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-14 2:16
Viewed: 1919
Points: 8
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Sol de Mañana (‘Ground of Tomorrow’) was with its 5000m height the highest place we’ve visited in Bolivia. It is an area of one square kilometer where volcanic activity reaches the surface. Steam (sulphur scented), bubbling mud pools, gurgling noises underground,… . An alien landscape that seems to belong to Mars rather than Earth. You can walk freely amidst the pools and vapor vents but you have to be extremely careful (some tourists have died in the past). I got a drop of boiling mud on my arm while photographing the bubbles and I can tell you, it hurts like hell! But how beautiful it was…



This part; for the ones interested in the South American geology:
You have to imagine the outer shell of the planet as a puzzle of relatively thin tectonic plates (still 100km thick). They move over the liquid lava underneath. In South America there are two major tectonic plates. The oceanic Nasca plate (bottom of the sea) and the continental South American plate (land). The Nasca plate moves towards the South American plate. Because the S-A-plate has more mass and consists of harder materials, the Nasca Plate is forced to ‘dive’ underneath it. Therefore the Nascaplate digs into the earths crust and reaches the liquid lava below. There the crust melts to lava and rises to the surface. It finds its way through the S-A-plate and bubbles out on the surface creating the volcanoes in the Andes range. At Sol de Mañana the volcanic activity is just a few meters below the ground.

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A big WOW Joris, simply superb! I usually tend to avoid people in my travel shots, but sometimes its really good to include some, like here as it shows us the size of those "small" volcanoes! I like the thick steam, great sky once again, and superb framing!! ;)
well done.

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  • KrL Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 504 W: 135 N: 502] (7619)
  • [2008-05-14 7:51]

Salut Joris,
Cette photo me rappelle l'île de la Réunion... Le paysage à la Fournaise y ressemble, mais avec une activité volcanique différente.
J'aime beaucoup le mouvement de la fumée que l'on peut suivre dans cet environnement minéral.
... Etonnée aussi qu'il n'y ait pas plus d'intérêt pour ta photo...
Bonne journée


Hi Joris,
Beautiful photo,beautiful place.Congratulation.
Best regards,

Ciao Joris

You're right about this place,
agree but the place is very beautiful
with all these holes and boiling expelled
the lava and hot. the mist gives a special touch
with the colors and the lunar landscape.


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