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Argentina has the most perfect natural cone on Earth | Digital Trends Spanish

Its shape is so perfect that at the beginning of the 20th century many thought it had been built by man. It is the Cone of Arita, a natural pyramid 200 meters high located in the Arizaro salt flat, in Argentina.

At some point it was compared to the pyramids of Egypt, however, scientific research indicates that this natural formation, one of the most conical on the planet, is actually the tip of a small volcano without the force to launch lava from the mantle of Earth and develop a crater.

“The Cone sits discordantly on the Arita formation, composed of an ignian rock called granite-granodiorite. This formation, very eroded, is a salt body elongated from north to south for about 10 km and 2 km wide ”, explains the geologist Aroldo Saúl Kärcher, in a investigation 2010.

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“The Arita formation is assigned a carbonic age of approximately 180 million years. However, the Cone is much younger ”.

Today the Cone of Arita is considered the most perfect natural conical formation in the world. Due to its difficult access, it is not yet so recognized by tourists.

The cone dominates the Salar de Arizaro, a lake of more than 1,600 square kilometers at 3,640 meters of altitude, whose waters evaporated and gave rise to the salt, marble and different metals that are now extracted from the area.

Arizaro means “nest of the condor” in the Kunza language, alluding to the place where the condors that came down to the mountain range to feed on the animals that were already dead rested.

The appearance of the Cone of Arita is so particular that, depending on the light that the salt reflects, it can be seen as a kind of floating volcano in the middle of nowhere.

Local authorities offer guided expeditions that depart to this site from the city of Salta, in Argentina.

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