(at least, that's the best guess I can make for the name of these peaks from Google Earth).
Trey Smith (January 25, 2009, 01:32PM
Cerrito Garuma is what Guillermo Chong called it.
During Life in the Atacama, somebody misread a map
and everybody called it "Pampa Nevada"
for the rest of the project. I could never
convince them to use the right name. The name
comes from the garuma seabird. They leave their
eggs in the hills to avoid predators. In a certain
season, all the fledglings fly for the ocean and a
lot don't make it. We saw that once... It was
kind of sad. (The mining camp cats didn't
mind.) Guillermo also mentioned that in hard times
the locals were sometimes forced to forage for
garuma eggs in the hills. But they loved the birds
and didn't want to kill them off, so they
would only eat eggs that were already dead. They
tested by dropping the eggs in water -- the live
ones sank and were put back.
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