Imaggeo on Mondays: The Valley of the Souls

Simon Gascoin captured this image of the badlands of the Palca canyon. The Palca canyon is located near the city of La Paz, Bolivia. Like much of the geology in the vicinity of La Paz, the canyon comprises mainly unconsolidated glacial formations, which are highly susceptible to wind and water erosion. The imposing spires, which can reach up to 200m in height, are fluvioglacial deposits that resulted from differential erosion of the sediments by water flow.

The canyon is 8 Km long, with a wide plain flanked on either side by the magnificent pinnacles seen in the photograph below. Bolivia’s second highest mountain, Illimani, towers over the Valley of the Souls (Valle de las Ánimas), adding to the magic of the site.

“Palca Canyon” by Simon Gascoin.  The image is distributed by the EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

“Palca Canyon” by Simon Gascoin. The image is distributed by the EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Imaggeo is the EGU’s open access geosciences image repository. Photos uploaded to Imaggeo can be used by scientists, the press and the public provided the original author is credited. Photographers also retain full rights of use, as Imaggeo images are licensed and distributed by the EGU under a Creative Commons licence. You can submit your photos here.

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Laura Roberts Artal is the Outreach and Dissemination Manager at The Water Innovation Hub (University of Sheffield). Laura also volunteers as the Associate Director of Communications for Geology for Global Development. She has also held a role in industry as Marketing Manager for PDS Ava (part of PDS Group). Laura was the Communications Officer at the European Geosciences Union from the summer of 2014 to the end of 2017. Laura is a geologist by training and holds a PhD in palaeomagnetism from the University of Liverpool. She tweets at @LauRob85.

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