Ojos del Salado


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Ojos del Salado

Ojos del Salado (ōˈhōs ᵺĕl säläˈᵺō), peak, 22,539 ft (6,870 m) high, on the border between Argentina and Chile, in the Andes. It is the second highest of the Andean peaks. In 1956 a Chilean expedition reported its height to be 23,239 ft (7,083 m), thus making it greater than Aconcagua and therefore the tallest peak in the Western Hemisphere, but this report has been unconfirmed.
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Ojos Del Salado

 

an extinct volcano in the southern part of the Central Andes in South America, on the border between Chile and Argentina. The volcano has a maximum elevation of 6,880 m and is composed of andesites and tuffs. Its western slopes are a desert, and its eastern, more humid slopes are covered by tropical forests to 3,000 m. The snowline is at 5,000–6,000 m.

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