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Cordillera Vilcabamba | Nevado Salkantay and Laguna Salkantaycocha


Panoramic view of the S face of Nevado Salkantay (6271 m), the highest peak of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, with the basin of the moraine-dammed Laguna Salkantaycocha. On 23 February 2020, a huge chunk of rock and ice broke off the mountain side, evolving into an avalanche which impacted the lake. The displacement wave overtopped and partly eroded the dam, resulting in a catastrophic glacial lake outburst flood downstream. Since then, the lake basin has been seasonally dry.

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on Wednesday 27 July 2022 by Martin Mergili
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