Los Cardones National Park


Los Cardones National Park

Infobox_protected_area | name = Los Cardones National Park
iucn_category = II


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area = 650 km²
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governing_body = Administración de Parques Nacionales

The Los Cardones National Park is a national park of Argentina, located in the center-west of the province of Salta, within the San Carlos and Cachi Departments, in the Argentine Northwest.

The park has an area of 650 square kilometres, with hills and ravines at the height levels between 2,700 m and 5,000 m. It gets its name from the prevalence of "cardones" bush formations. It features fossile remains of extinct animals, as well as dinosaur tracks.

The protected area was created in 1996, when the National Parks Administration acquired the land from private owners.

References

* [http://www.parquesnacionales.gov.ar/i/03_ap/06_cardones_PN/06_cardones_PN.htm Administración de Parques Nacionales] - National Parks Administration of Argentina (in Spanish and English)


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