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13th-Mar-2008 10:28 am
tawny frogmouth
Does anybody else find themselves wasting (?) hours looking at the planet through google maps?  I think it might be my new obsession.  I can't help myself.  A mention of a place I don't know and I'm google-mapping it and, before I know it, have distracted myself for a long time.  Usually time I can't afford.  ;~P

But I can't express how enamoured I am of this planet, and how pretty it is.  The colours and shapes... I can look at them forever!

I was reading a news article this morning in which there was a reference to Lake Titicaca, and I realised, despite knowing the name really well, I had no idea where it was or what it looked like.  Enter google maps.  And, as per my usual style, I looked around a bit and found this pretty place -

...and ending up spending an hour trying to find the name of this body of water.  The best I can do is tell you that it's in Bolivia, south of Lake Titicaca, and west of Lake Poopo`.   Why doesn't google maps label water?  I've had this problem looking up rivers too.  Bad googlemaps!

But isn't it pretty?!

13th-Mar-2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Heh, guess why I'm a geography/environment teacher? So many landscapes to look at :)

Your image is a salar (salt pan) situated immediately north from the bigger and dryer salar de Uyuni. On this photo, the water was relatively high without much salt. The google earth image shows dried parts with a white salt crust. Also, someone uploaded a picture in Google Earth and labelled it at the Coipasa salar which seems to be the correct denomination.
24th-Mar-2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
FTW! Thankyou! You totally made my day!! XD
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