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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain in the Andes of Peru: Dr. Seussian Stripes

      The "Rainbow in the Mountain" of Vinicunca in the Andes in Peru is so remote, it is hard to locate on Peruvian maps. Vinicunca doesn't yet have a Wikipedia page (as of today). But, the rainbow will blow you away.


       Located in a remote part of the Andes, somewhere near Cusco, (or Cuzco), Peru, the magical sedimentary layers appear unreal.




      I looked at a few blogs and guided trips to convince myself it really is real.


 From the little geologic research I could find about the area, the Permian formations with their distinct colors of red, ochre, and turquoise sandstones and (possibly) overlying Cretaceous, limestone layers create a wondrous landscape for alpaca, llamas, and horses.


The herding communities in the region constitutes one of the few remaining pastoralist societies in the world. High mountain trails are used by these herders to trade with agricultural communities at lower elevations.


I will see if I can locate the Rainbow Mountain of Vinicunca on Google Earth in the morning. 



Have a go if you'd like!

{It's been a long day. The state of emergency declared in Ethiopia means Zoë will likely be coming stateside in the next 30 days. We just don't know when.}

One more look at the Seussical stripes of Rainbow Mountain in Peru!


Steph

Update: Google Earth view of Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca






20 comments:

  1. This is a great account of a trek to Vinicunca, including losing GPS battery power and relying on hand-drawn, not-to -scale maps to navigate through the area.

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  2. Looks like it's at -13.869534, -71.30296.

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  3. First things first: Prayers for Zoe.

    Lighter things: Even though both my grandfathers were naed Joseph, my fatheralways insisted Iwas named after Joe Dimaggio. In any event, I am a connoisseur of technicolor dreamcoats of manycolors... and that is what you have pictured on PEOTS this week, Steph.

    These, I believe, are like the Vinicunca coat that got Ike's chief of staff in such hot water!
    (Incidentally, never wash your Vinicunca coat of many colors in hot water. Vinicunca is not colorsafe. Cold-water wash only!)

    LegoHasThisMnemonic:VioletIndigoNavyIvoryCyanUmberNyanzaCrimsonAqua

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    1. What kind of water would you wash a good Republican cloth coat with a checkered past in? In Whitewater? In a Watergate? Would you bleach or acid-wash it, or would that not serve?

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    2. Haha...Since vicuña is a incredibly soft, light, rare and very expensive yarn--no water, white or black or multi-colored at all...

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  4. Thanks, Joe.

    Great, colorful mnemonic for Vinicunca! Thanks for revealing your technicolor dreamcoat, also.

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  5. 85 degrees F predicted here in Colorado today!

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    1. What a long, strange trip it's been...

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    2. Yes. Vinicunca fits right in with the long strange trip, too.

      The Grateful Dead left the comma out and I like it. Longstrange. . .

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  7. These 25 graphics about the English language are fascinating. Number 15 is near and dear to me ;-).

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  8. Amid the US election hoopla, there was little attention paid to the loss of the ESA Schiaparelli Mars lander yesterday. Apparently, the parachute was released too early, and the descent thruster cut off too soon.

    Interesting that the namesake astronomer was a cousin of the fashion designer (Elsa: ESA + L for Lost?).

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    1. Yes, the crash was hardly discussed much yesterday. Too bad really. The L for lost is a bit of a stretch, but ok.

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    2. Yes, the crash was hardly discussed much yesterday. Too bad really. The L for lost is a bit of a stretch, but ok.

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  9. Partial Ellipsis of the Sun will be late(r) this week. I've had two contracts to get out the door and PEOTS moved down on my priority list.

    Happy Friday!

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    1. Whenever is now. New post on "You're So Vein: Strahler Stream Order Classification System and Open-Source QGIS" is now up.

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    2. Whenever is now. New post on "You're So Vein: Strahler Stream Order Classification System and Open-Source QGIS" is now up.

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