May 4, 2008
Ralph Velasco of Newport Beach returned last month from an 11-day trip through South America that took in a lot of territory: Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. One of the highlights of the drive from Chile to Argentina was this slithering crossing of the Andes on Ruta 60. "There are 28 curves on this road," Velasco said in an e-mail, "and it's amazing to see 18-wheelers try to pass each other going up the hill. " His camera? A Nikon D70.
March 16, 2008
For several anxious days this month, the prospect of war in South America was sharp and real. Colombia's bombing of a rebel camp in the jungles of Ecuador roiled tensions not seen for decades in the Andean region. Ecuador rushed troops to its border; Venezuela sent 10 battalions to its frontier; Nicaragua broke diplomatic relations with Colombia.
February 23, 2008 |
The crash of a passenger plane in the Andes killed all 46 people on board, officials said. The twin-engine plane was shattered upon impact, leaving only its tail largely intact and a swath of charred ground. Search teams reached the remote spot by helicopter and rappelled down. The plane, carrying 43 passengers and three crew members, crashed shortly after takeoff Thursday from Merida, a popular tourist destination wedged between Andean peaks.
February 22, 2008 |
An airliner with 46 people aboard went missing and probably crashed in a remote mountainous region soon after taking off Thursday from the Andean city of Merida, authorities said. Mountain villagers reported hearing a loud noise that they thought could have been a crash after the twin-engine plane took off for this capital city, roughly 300 miles away, Civil Defense official Gerardo Rojas said.
December 16, 2007 |
Twice a day, Elena Quispe draws water from a spigot on the dusty fringe of this city, fills three grimy plastic containers and pushes them in a rickety wheelbarrow to the adobe home she shares with her husband and eight children. But the water supply is in peril. El Alto and its sister city of La Paz, the world's highest capital, depend on glaciers for at least a third of their water -- more than any other urban sprawl. And those glaciers are rapidly melting because of global warming.
October 1, 2006 |
VICTORIA Salgado Chambi is a 30-year-old single mother who lives with her young children, Carlos and Ana, in a barrio in El Alto, Bolivia's third-largest city. She is one of tens of thousands of Bolivian artisans who owe their livelihoods to the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act, which the U.S. Congress first passed in 1991.
May 14, 2006 |
Archeologists working high in the Peruvian Andes have discovered the oldest known celestial observatory in the Americas -- a 4,200-year-old structure marking the summer and winter solstices that is as old as the stone pillars of Stonehenge. The observatory was built on the top of a 33-foot-tall pyramid with precise alignments and sightlines that provide an astronomical calendar for agriculture, archeologist Robert Benfer of the University of Missouri said.
March 4, 2006 |
Maize was grown and eaten by people in the Peruvian Andes about 1,000 years earlier than previously thought, researchers said Wednesday. Maize, or corn, was first used in Mexico about 10,000 years ago. Although researchers knew it had migrated to South America, exactly when it was domesticated there was poorly understood. "This is the earliest use of maize in this region of the Andes," said Linda Perry of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2005 |
Keith Andes, an actor with classic movie-star looks who considered playing Marilyn Monroe's leading man in the 1952 film "Clash by Night" a highlight of his 30-year career, has died. He was 85. Andes, who had been fighting bladder cancer and several other ailments, was found dead Nov. 11 in his Santa Clarita home, said Marshall LaPlante, a longtime friend. The Los Angeles County coroner's office has ruled the death suicide by asphyxiation.