Summer is the favorite time of the year for millions of people, although it can be challenging at times due to the sweltering heat. Because many people prefer the sunny days of summer to the freezing cold of winter. However, the Altiplano Plateau in South America’s Atacama Desert is a region that even fanatical summer lovers will want to stay away from! Because, according to scientists, this is the region that receives the most sunlight in the world.
However, this unusual region is not at all suitable for summer holidays. Because the Altiplano is an extremely dangerous place. Moreover, the reasons that make the region the sunniest place in the world are also very interesting. Let’s look at the details together.
According to a study published in the scientific journal Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, scientists have identified the region that receives the most sun in the world.
By studying satellite data, scientists were able to find the region with the most intense solar radiation. Solar radiation refers to the electromagnetic radiation energy released during fusion in the Sun’s core.
The area where solar radiation is most intense is the Altiplano Plateau in the Atacama Desert in South America.
Most of the Altiplano is in Bolivia. However, this vast geography extends to Peru and Chile.
Scientists have found that the Chajnantor plateau in the Chilean part of the Altiplano region accounts for 2,177 watts of solar energy per square meter.
The energy of solar radiation in 2177 W at first glance may seem like mediocre data. But there is something you should know. Scientists claim that 1360 watts of energy per square meter reaches the upper atmosphere. In other words, the energy of solar radiation on the Altiplano is much greater than at the point of the atmosphere closest to the Sun!
Raul Cordero, one of the study’s authors, claims that the amount of radiation on the Altiplano is equivalent to that on Venus.
Continuing his studies at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, the scientist spoke about the energy of solar radiation on the Altiplano.In fact, this is the equivalent of the radiation you would be exposed to if you were on Venus in the summer.” he uses.
Recalling that Venus is 28 percent closer to the Sun than Earth, the scientist describes the situation on the Altiplano as “incredible.” In short, the Altiplano is the sunniest plateau in the world and also the second largest plateau on earth. Moreover, this is the region where the radiation threat is the highest!
The clouds covering the plateau make the Altiplano the most sunlit area on Earth!
The researchers claim that the 5,000-meter high plateau is covered with thin high-altitude clouds of cirrus, cumulus and cirrostratus types. These clouds act like a “magnifying glass” and increase the intensity of radiation reflected in the region.
Experts state that cirrus, cumulus and cirrostratus clouds increase the flow of solar energy into the region by 80 percent. In other words, the most important thing that makes the Altiplano the sunniest and most dangerous place in the world is the clouds!
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