July 15, 2002 |
Four volcanoes in the Andes--all previously considered dormant--are active and are either bulging or deflating, according to a precision satellite analysis of the volcanic range. Meanwhile, 50 volcanoes classified as potentially dangerous are not moving at all, says an eight-year analysis of 900 volcanoes in the remote central Andes published in last week's issue of the journal Nature. One of the bulging volcanoes, Hualca Hualca, is in a heavily populated region of southern Peru.
August 5, 2001 |
Looking back, I'm not sure why I was worried about climbing the highest mountain in the world, even though the hardest thing I ever climbed was a flight of stairs. Maybe I just got psyched out. In every group there's always one person you point to as you say to yourself, "If he can do it, so can I." As I waited in a pub here for the dozen others who would join me on this Andean expedition to Mt. Chimborazo, I kept expecting that guy to appear.
October 8, 2000 |
The women stood in a cobblestone plaza wearing traditional Andean village attire--elaborately embroidered blouses, pleated skirts, rope sandals and woven wool shawls in the brightest reds and magentas. They had traveled more than an hour on rundown diesel buses to the capital, toting buckets of home-cooked food in hopes of earning a few sucres. Some of the women ladled spoonfuls of stew made from potatoes, corn and beans grown on steep mountain slopes to the north.
January 24, 1999 |
Down in Argentina they have cowboys too, except they call them gauchos. Quiet, fiercely independent men of the Andes Mountains and Argentina's prairies, they're the stuff of myth and folklore. Many South American history books depict their hearty manners, their isolated lifestyle and their picturesque attire: the baggy khakis they wear called bombachas, their broad-rimmed Zorro-like hats and the finely woven ponchos they wear while astride sturdy horses.
June 25, 1995
I would like to suggest that Christopher Reynolds reconsider the geography of Patagonia ("The Power of Patagonia," May 7). Patagonia, the semiarid grassy plateau sloping gently toward the east and terminating in cliffs along the Atlantic, is east of the Andes Mountains and south of the Rio Colorado. Patagonia is in Argentina and not in Chile, as Reynolds seems to imply in his article. JOHN M. ALCACER Los Angeles Christopher Reynolds replies: "It's true that the bulk of the region known as Patagonia lies in Argentina, and that many believe Patagonia to be exclusively part of Argentina.
February 12, 1990 |
Archeology is not an arcane discipline in Bolivia; it's a key to national pride. Nowhere is that more evident than in the ancient city of Tiwanaku, the capital of an astonishingly advanced civilization that reached its zenith between AD 400 and 700 and dominated the Bolivian Andes for more than 1,000 years.