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Don Juan Pond, Antarctica by Zbigniew Malolepszy

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Taken by
Zbigniew Malolepszy Zbigniew Malolepszy
Explore score
0.35 Gigapixels
Date added
Nov 27, 2010
Date taken
Nov 27, 2010

Don Juan Pond, also called Lake Don Juan, is a small and very shallow hypersaline lake in the west end of Wright Valley (South Fork), Victoria Land, Antarctica, 9 km west from Lake Vanda. It is wedged between the Asgard Range in the south and the Dais in the north. On the west end there is a small tributary and a feature that has been described as a rock glacier. Don Juan Pond is the saltiest body of water on earth with a salinity level of over 40%.

Don Juan Pond was discovered in 1961. It was named for two helicopter pilots, Lt Don Roe and Lt John Hickey, who piloted the helicopter involved with the first field party investigating the pond. On that initial investigation, the temperature was - 30 °C (- 22 °F) and the water remained in a liquid state. (Wiki)

360-deg panorama, 132 handheld shots, Pentax K10D

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