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Image Caption: The Chilean coastline and the arid Atacama Desert stretch the length
of the view with the high Andes on the eastern margin where hundreds
of volcanoes dot the landscape. The differing width of the Andes is
related to the subducting plate: the wider Altiplano ("plains") sector
of the Andes (250-350km) appears in the top half of the view, and the
narrower (120km)
"mountain-chain-dominated" sector to the bottom. The former
relates to shallow subduction of the plate under the Pacific Ocean,
and the narrow sector to more steeply dipping parts of the subducting
plate.

Here, the northern half of Chile can be seen, with the
"hammer-head" peninsula at the city of Antofagasta top left.

Upwelling of cold water as the Humboldt Current immediately offshore
gives rise to low stratus cloud. The extensive cloud mass right lies
beyond the Andes in the low country of Argentina's "pampas" grasslands
and Chaco semidesert.

The Chilean coastline and the arid Atacama Desert stretch the length of the view with the high Andes on the eastern margin where hundreds of volcanoes dot the landscape. The wider (250-350 kilometers) Altiplano ("plains") sector of the Andes appears in the top half of the view, and the narrow (120 kilometers) "mountain-chain-dominated" sector to the bottom. The northern half of Chile can be seen, with the "hammer-head" peninsula at the city of Antofagasta, top left. Up welling of cold water as the Humboldt Current immediately offshore gives rise to low stratus cloud. The extensive cloud mass on the right lies beyond the Andes in the low country of Argentina's "pampas" grasslands and Chaco semi-desert.