An Orbital View Of Potosi, Bolivia

By Keith Cowing
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February 18, 2023
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An Orbital View Of Potosi, Bolivia
Potosi, Bolivia

Potosi is the capital city of the Department of Potosi in Bolivia, and one of the highest cities in the world at 4090 m.

For centuries it was the location of the Spanish colonial silver mint, the major supplier of silver for the Spanish Empire until the 18th century. Potosi lies at the foot of the Cerro Rico (“rich mountain”), rumored to be made of silver.

Today, Potosi continues to be an important mining center, and is famous for its well-preserved colonial architecture.

The perspective view covers an area of about 20 by 30 km, was acquired October 12, 2021, and is located at 19.6 degrees south, 65.7 degrees west.

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