Laguna Lejía is a salt lake located in the Altiplano of the Antofagasta Region of northern Chile, Puna de Atacama,close to the border with Argentina. The landscape of the area is dominated by the volcanoes Aguas Calientes, Lascar, Tumisa, Lejía, Chiliques and Cordon de Puntas Negras. It is shallow and has no outlet, covering a surface area of about 1.9 square kilometres (0.73 sq mi) in the present-day.
During glacial times, the lake was considerably larger owing to decreased evaporation and increased precipitation rates. It is populated by flamingos and a number of microorganisms.[More]
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