Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by David_L » Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:46 am

Seen with the light at a different angle.


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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by David_L » Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:48 am

Last one.


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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by Trevor » Sat Mar 14, 2009 8:28 am

Yep, I'd be going with solaris until someone more learned corrects me..;). We saw similar plants just up the road for Botija - they are not as robustly spined as those solaris in the Botija valley, perhaps due to their greater exposure, but I believe they are still solaris. The C. atacamensis I did see, which were only small plants admittedly, don't seem to have the deeply furrowed ribs like solaris either.
Field identification is very tough, that's one thing I definitely learnt on my trip. The running joke then was that all Copiapoa are really just variations of one species which we referred to as "Copaipoa familiaris" !
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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by Mike P » Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:09 am

Hi Trevor
Thats a good joke with a nugget of truth. Oddly on my notes I have solaris and then a line through it with atacamansis written above.....long day.
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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by Benjy » Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:33 pm

Yep, all solaris (tu)
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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by David_L » Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:13 pm

Reviewing my pictures for this day, there are a few taken as 'scenic' shots through the van window I would like to share. First a couple taken between Taltal and Paposo that show that this coastline is by no means barren and in fact there are huge fields of Copiapoas, Eulychnias and other shrubby plants.


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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by David_L » Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:15 pm

From a little further North.

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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by David_L » Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:18 pm

North of Paposo, things do become more barren, but the coastline is spectacular.


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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by David_L » Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:20 pm

This is North of Blanco Encalada, before the track swings inland.


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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by David_L » Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:25 pm

As you would expect there is little sign of human habitation, but we saw occasional shacks like this one. Apparently they belong to hardy kelp gatherers. The kelp thrown onto the shore by the tide is an important crop used in the manufacture of natural thickening agents like agar. Every so often a truck passes to take the kelp and leave food and water for the gatherers.


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