This is a view of the historical center of Sucre, Bolivia, as seen from the city’s 413-year-old Recoleta Plaza which sits above the country’s constitutional capital to the east. Why the center of Bolivia’s most beautiful city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is referred to as La Ciudad Blanca is made fairly clear.
Sucre received some international attention this past week thanks to this AFP story highlighting the threat that some 5,000 65 million-year-old fossilized dinosaur tracks in the outskirts of the city currently face.
According to preservationists, pressures from a nearby cement factory that’s extracting limestone from a neighboring quarry is putting the footprints, traced to massive titanosaurs, king carnivore theropods, “bird-hipped” ornithopods and armored ankylosauruses, under serious risk.
The site, Cal Orcko, was discovered in the mid-1990s when erosion and rain uncovered the footprints, and is considered one of the biggest sites of fossilized footprints ever found. More here.
For the record, today’s Pic du Jour, the 270th straight, was snapped in Sucre, Bolivia, on 14-Apr-2013. Please click the image to view the full uncropped version.