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The Andean district:

The Andes are younger than the plateaus in geological terms. These tertiary mountains raised from the seas in two different stages: first, the southernmost part of the range, characterized by peaks such as the Fitz Roy, Egger, Torre and Paine, with their crystalline rocks began to grow.

Later, a second process began, giving birth of the northern part of the patagonian Andes, where peaks such as Mount Catedral, Piltriquitron and Tres Picos are located.

Among these mountains there is a significant number of volcanoes, some of which are still active. Among these, names like Lanin, Osorno, Villarica, Hudson, Tronador and Copahue are to be noticed.

Rains are more frequent in this area because the mountains tend to slow down and stop air streams and clouds coming from the Pacific ocean and thus, producing significant precipitations among the valleys and fjords that cover the area, giving birth to lakes and rivers in the lower areas, and important glaciers a little bit uphill.

Some of these glaciers reach lake shores and even the ocean. Particularly interesting are the ice fields located in the southernmost part of the region both in Argentina and Chile. The area covered by these - mostly uncharted - glaciers is bigger than many a European country.

The andean district.
A view of the fertile Bolsón Valley, on the central
section of the Andean district. On the back, Mount
Piltriquitron is to be seen.



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