Viento Zonda

 

A regional term for the dry, dust-carrying wind which occurs on the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains in Argentina. It is produced by the northeast movement of polar fronts. In the low-lands it remains hot and dry, although at high altitudes it is cold and can reach speeds over 200 km/hr. At a distance, the arid vegetation of the Andes Mountains is cast in a purple hue, an appropriate color for a temperamental and violent wind.

Leib3775

Viento Zonda-detail

Glass, 2007
30″ H x 12″ L x 8″ D
photo: Stephen Funk

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