Icy outcrops

Icy outcrops can be seen high in the Atacama desert. These icy bodies are called "penitentes". The penitentes are a curious natural phenomenon found in high-altitude regions. They are thin spikes of hardened snow or ice, with sharp edges pointing towards the Sun.

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ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)

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Id:earthshadowIce-2
Type:Photographic
Release date:23 April 2013, 10:20
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About the Object

Name:Chajnantor
Type:Unspecified
Category:Chile

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