Ischigualasto Provincial Park

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Ischigualasto Provincial Park
Parque Provincial Ischigualasto
Valle de la Luna
Location in Argentina
Location in Argentina
Location in Argentina
LocationSan Juan Province, Argentina
Nearest citySan José de Jáchal
Coordinates30°4′S 68°0′W / 30.067°S 68.000°W / -30.067; -68.000Coordinates: 30°4′S 68°0′W / 30.067°S 68.000°W / -30.067; -68.000
Area60,370 ha (233.1 sq mi)
EstablishedNovember 3, 1971 (1971-11-03)[1]
Official name
Ischigualasto / Talampaya Natural Parks
Designated2000 (24th session)
Reference no.966[2]
State Party Argentina
RegionLatin America and the Caribbean

Ischigualasto Provincial Park is a protected area in San Juan Province, north-western Argentina. The park is also called Valle de la Luna ("Valley of the Moon") due to its otherworldly appearance.

It contains the geological formation called the Ischigualasto Formation. The formation is also included in the Talampaya National Park in the La Rioja Province. The Ischigualasto Formation has fossils from the Triassic period. These are some of the oldest known dinosaur remains.

In 2000 UNESCO included Ischigualasto in its World Heritage Sites.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ley No. 3666 de la Provincia de San Juan, 11 de noviembre de 1971; sanc.: 3 de noviembre de 1971
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Ischigualasto / Talampaya Natural Parks". UNESCO World Heritage Centre.