Jayu Quta, a wide volcanic crater or maar with a shallow salt lake and fields, Jayukota, Oruro Department, Bolivia
This curious wide, shallow crater is often said to be (incorrectly) a meteorite impact crater. It is in fact a maar, a low-relief volcanic crater caused by a phreatomagmatic eruption, an explosion caused by groundwater coming into contact with hot lava or magma. Maars often fill with water to form shallow lakes, Jayu Quta is actually the Aymara phrase for salt lake (jayu salt, quta lake).
Photograph ID: Jayukota2017.21
Photo © James Brunker, Magical Andes Photography 2017
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Photograph size: 22.1 Mpixels (63.3 MB uncompressed) - 5760x3840 pixels (19.2x12.8 in / 48.8x32.5 cm at 300 ppi)
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