Friday, July 29, 2011

Ischigualasto National Park - Argentina

Another Unesco card, Ischigualasto National Park in Argentina, sent by Nicole "sternchen86". Together with the Talampaya National Park, Ischigualasto was designated a Unesco World Heritage site in 2000.

Ischigualasto or Valle de la Luna (Valley of the moon) as it's often called, is one of the most important paleontologic sites in Argentina and the world.
It has fossil remains of vertebrates, foot prints of dinosaurs and petrified araucaria trunks that go back to the Mesozoic era, some 180 million years ago.
It's located in the NE of San Juan province, Argentina, near the border with Chile.
This is a major tourist attraction in Argentina you wouldn't want to miss: its impressive scenery and unspoiled beauty are unique and totally different from other natural areas in the country. "The mushroom", "The submarine", "The parrot" and "Alladin's lamp", are peculiar grey-green rock formations sculpted by the constant action of wind erosion over a period of millions of years. - in:

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