The Rainbow Mountain of Peru  上帝打翻的調色盤 ── 秘魯彩虹山

by Evan Witkowski

 

精英翻譯社轉自: https://paper.udn.com/udnpaper/POH0061/336245/web/

 

The forces of nature have created many unique sights around the globe, from steep mountain ranges to vast desert sands. Seeing a picture or a video of a beautiful place never does it justice, so explorers and those who love the outdoors are always hunting for an undiscovered wild treasure. One remote destination that would take everyone’s breath away is Vinicunca, or Rainbow Mountain, in the Peruvian Andes. 

  大自然的力量在世界各地創造出許多獨特的景色,從陡峭山脈到廣闊沙漠都有。光看美麗景點的圖片或影片永遠無法將它完整呈現,因此探險家和熱愛戶外活動的人們總是在尋找尚未被發掘的野外寶藏。一個會令每個人都嘆為觀止的遙遠勝地就是秘魯安地斯山脈的 Vinicunca,或稱為彩虹山。

 

  Visitors to Cusco, Peru, often make a trip out of the city to see the multilayered and brightly colored peaks of the Ausangate Mountains near Sinakara Valley, including the spectacular Rainbow Mountain. Locals consider Rainbow Mountain to be a sacredholy place and the deity of Cusco. Faithfulbelievers leave offerings there daily. In late May or early June, thousands of Quechua people make the trek to see Sinakara Valley and celebrate the Snow Star Festival, which marks the beginning of winter in the southern hemisphere

  造訪秘魯庫斯科的遊客經常會出城遊覽西納卡拉山附近多層次且色彩鮮豔的奧桑加特山峰,包括壯觀的彩虹山。彩虹山被當地人視為一個宗教聖地並被奉為庫斯科的神靈。虔誠的信徒每天都在那裡留下供品。在五月底或六月初時,成千上萬的克丘亞人會長途跋涉至此瞻仰西納卡拉山及慶祝雪星節(編按:美洲原住民族最盛大的年度朝聖盛事,會有上萬名民眾聚集至西納卡拉山瞻仰聖嬰基督圖。),這標誌著南半球冬季的開始。

 

  It’s not hard to see why Rainbow Mountain is worshipped. The vivid colors and expansive mountains are truly a sight to behold. Each of the colors is the result of sediment from different minerals and natural weathering over thousands of years. Geologists studying the layers of rock and minerals found that chemical reactions caused by exposure to oxygen, heat, and precipitationbring out the minerals’ true colors. The bright yellows, deep reds, earthy greens, and vibrant purples make Rainbow Mountain look like a natural painting!

  不難看出為何彩虹山會受到崇敬。其鮮明的色彩和廣闊的山脈確實是值得一看的景象。每種顏色都是來自不同礦物的沉積物以及數千年來自然風化的結果。研究岩層和礦物層的地質學家發現,暴露於氧氣、高溫及降水所引起的化學反應會使礦物質的真實顏色顯現出來。鮮黃色、深紅色、土綠色及亮紫色讓彩虹山看起來就像是一幅天然的畫作! 

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