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2009.01.08 04:00:16
Cactus Copiapoa solaris - El Cobre, Antofagasta, Chile

Cactus Copiapoa solaris, El Cobre, Chile © Fantástico Sur ExpeditionsFrom the hyperarid desert the path descends towards the rugged coast and its mist oases. El Cobre is just an abandoned copper processing plant and is seldomly visited. Along the barren road large clumps of this cactus are seen, capable to grow in extremely dry conditions and in highly sun-exposed places. This is the northernmost species of the genus Copiapoa and due to a recent increase on solar radiation levels, many of its populations are now dying. Still the bright green decidely emerges through the barren outcrops of the mineral desert.

Claudio F. Vidal, Fantástico Sur Expeditions | Photograph taken ainland from El Cobre Cove (Antofagasta, Chile), on June 5th 2008, using a Canon 40D digital body, Lens Canon 100-400 mm | Focal distance 400mm ISO100 • f/8 • 1/160 sec.

Del desierto hiperárido se desciende hacia la abrupta costa y su oasis de niebla. El Cobre no es más que una planta de cobre abandonada y es rara vez visitada. A lo largo del estéril camino comienzan a observarse grandes agregaciones de este cactus, capaz de crecer en condiciones extremadamente secas y de gran exposición del sol. Esta especie es la más septentrional del género Copiapoa y debido a un aumento en los niveles de radiación solar, muchas de sus poblaciones han muerto reciente. Aún así, el verde brillante emerge decidido entre los áridos roquedales del mineral desierto.

Claudio F. Vidal, Fantástico Sur Expeditions | Fotografía tomada al interior de Caleta El Cobre (Antofagasta, Chile), el 5 de Junio de 2008, utilizando una cámara Canon 40D, Lente Canon 100-400 mm | Distancia focal 400 mm | ISO100 • f/8 • 1/160 sec.


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