More photos in the vicinity:
Driving through Penitentes
Disappearing Penitentes
The Agua Negra Pass

Penitentes are a particular form of ice and snow ablation that is common to the mountains of the Andes. Penitentes arise from sublimation of ice which occurs in dry air under intensive sun radiation.
Date: Mar 05, 2004
Longitude: -69 48.27'
Latitude: -30 12.81'

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Map references: left: courtesy CIA, middle: courtesy LOC map collection, right: courtesy NASA.
This page has been updated on: 2007-Nov-07