Moraine, Peru

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Moraines are where you find them, even in the tropics. In this scene a moraine wraps around the end of a mountain spur in Peru. This is near the highest point on the rail line from Lake Titicaca to the ancient Inca city of Cuzco, and the valley floor is at an elevation of 14,200 feet. Even today the climate is chilly. The snow line is at about 16,500 feet and the snow-covered peak has an elevation of 17,200 feet.

The valley floor in the foreground is at 14o 28' 45" S, 070o 59' 00" W. The bend in the moraine where it wraps around the mountain spur is at 14o 28' 25" S, 070o 58' 49" W.

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Created 05 February 2008, Last Update 15 January 2020