Photo ID: h4w521 | Photographer: NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | Credit Line: Courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Description: The Quelccaya and Huascaran ice caps are located in the midst of the Andes Mountains, a long cordillera of high peaks thrust upward by the subduction of the Nazca Plate beneath the South American Plate. In southeastern Peru at respective latitudes of 9 degrees 7 minutes and 13 degrees 56 minutes South, Huascaran and Quelccaya lay in the heart of the tropical zone.

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