The Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth – despite being right next to the Pacific Ocean – imaged by ESA’s Proba-V minisatellite.
On average, only a few millimetres of rain reach the arid landscape annually. The cold Humboldt Current running along the northern Chilean coast keeps moisture bound up to the west, while the Andes Mountains block rainfall from the east.
The 100 m-resolution image shows the coast and dry river valleys of the Atacama. The blue–green area to the east is the Salar de Surire, a salt plain containing several lakes with nesting flamingo colonies. Just northeast of this plain, the 5470 m-high Pukintika volcano is visible as a light-blue area.
Launched on 7 May 2013, Proba-V is a miniaturised ESA satellite tasked with a full-scale mission: to map land cover and vegetation growth across the entire planet every two days.
Its main camera’s continent-spanning 2250 km swath width collects light in the blue, red, near-infrared and mid-infrared wavebands at 300 m resolution and down to 100 m resolution in its central field of view.
VITO, the Flemish institute for technological research, processes and then distributes Proba-V data to users. VITO has a produced an online gallery highlighting some of the mission’s most striking images so far, including views of storms, fires and deforestation.
When Max comes after them in the salt plains, she’s already showing so many signs of the person she will become. She has braided and wrapped her hair (reminiscent of the head wrap she has when we first see it, but so different), and in the strands hang a metal disc (looks like copper) and a small jaw bone. Already stylish, a little morbid, and entirely in tune with the Vuvalini aesthetic.
She just takes 10 hours with the old badass ladies to transform into a complete wasteland shaman, and I adore her so much. It’s as if with these people, she finds the person she has been waiting to become, all these years.
Max found his better self in Furiosa, but I think The Dag’s better self was just always there, waiting for the time when she could become it.
Cookies!!! 🍪 I made half with #chocolate #chips and half without chips, which I call #plain (and simple) #cookies. Before #baking, I sprinkled them with a little bit of #salt for that wonderful sweet and salty combo… #yum! 😋
#sweetandsalty #sweetandsavory #chocolatechips #yummy #delicious #dessert #cookie #chocolatechipcookies #plaincookies
while we’re on the subject of salt, watermelon and sea salt taste amazing together. 8D
I just saw a post about this from a friend on Facebook! I’ve never tried salt on plain fruit before. I’d be willing to give it a try. I also saw another post on FB by Alton Brown about putting salt in coffee to cut the bitterness. I plan on trying that tomorrow to see what that’s like (if I remember… my memory first thing in the morning isn’t great).