Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) lies just west of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. One of the driest, if not, the driest place on earth. It has a variety of sandstone formations that have been carved by wind and water. The remarkable range of color and texture makes it like the surface of the moon.
The dried-up lakes caused a deposit of salt on the surface makes a white covering of the area. It exhibits assorted saline outcrops that look like man-made sculptures. Valle de la Luna is a member of the Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos and was proclaimed a Nature Sanctuary in 1982 for its fantastic natural wonder and bizarre lunar landscape, at which its name is taken from. A prototype for a Mars rover was evaluated there by researchers due to the valley’s dry and forbidding surfaces.
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