Sky-high volcanoes, singing mountains and star-studded skies: Chile’s Atacama Desert

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By Sarah Marshall

A blinding-white plateau marbled with rust-red rivers and fringed by volcanoes pointier than a newly sharpened pencil, Laguna Tebenquiche could easily pass for the beginning of time.

In fact, it’s been scientifically proven.

In 2019, this section of the world’s third largest salt flat was placed under protection due to the existence of extremophiles – the hardy micro-organisms whose metabolic activity introduced oxygen into our planet 3,800 million years ago.

Crunching through crystalline pathways where these ‘living rocks’ still thrive, I struggle to cast my mind that...


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Sky-high volcanoes, singing mountains and star-studded skies: Chile’s Atacama Desert


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