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altiplano

(ăl'tĭplä`nō), high plateau (alt. c.12,000 ft/3,660 m) in the Andes Mts., c.65,000 sq mi (168,350 sq km), W Bolivia, extending into S Peru. The altiplano is a sediment-filled depression between the Cordillera Oriental and the Cordillera Occidental. Its lowest point is occupied by Lake Titicaca, the largest high-altitude lake in the world. The lake is drained by the Desaguadero River south across the altiplano into Lake Poopó. The sparsely vegetated region receives little precipitation and has several large salt flats. The bleak plateau has a cool climate throughout the year. Corn and wheat are the principal crops there. Mining is the chief industry in the mineral-rich plateau. One of the world's most densely populated areas, the altiplano contains most of Bolivia's inhabitants; La Paz, the capital, and Oruro are the largest cities. A rail line runs across the altiplano.

Altiplano

a plateau of the Andes, covering two thirds of Bolivia and extending into S Peru: contains Lake Titicaca. Height: 3000 m (10 000 ft.) to 3900 m (13 000 ft.)
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Climate variability on interseasonal to interannual timescales on the Bolivian altiplano with special emphasis on the Nevado Sajama region.
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Under the first heading Carlos Lopez describes new, and dated, Palaeoindian and Preceramic industries from the middle Magdalena valley, demonstrating that lowland stonework is different from the Abrian tradition of the Altiplano and confirming the Magdalena origin of the few imported artefacts on Abrian sites.
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