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Patacamaya
Patacamaya is located in Bolivia
Patacamaya
Patacamaya
Location in Bolivie
Coordinates: 17°14′S 67°55′W / 17.233°S 67.917°W / -17.233; -67.917
Kintra Banner o Bolivie Bolivie
Depairtment La Paz Depairtment
Province Aroma Province
Municipality Patacamaya Municipality
Canton Patacamaya Canton
Population (2001)
 • Total 8,414

Patacamaya is a ceety in Bolivie, situatit in the La Paz Depairtment. It is the seat o the Patacamaya Municipality, the fift municipal section o the Aroma Province. Patacamaya lees in the Altiplano, approximately 100 km sootheast o La Paz. It contains the intersection atween 'Carretera 1' which goes frae La Paz tae Oruro, as well as Cochabamba, an the 'Carretera Arica-La Paz'. The 'Tambo Quemado' heich-gate is ane o the maist important internaitional roads that travels through Bolivie.[1][2]

Name[eedit | eedit soorce]

The name o 'Patacamaya' oreeginatit frae a war that occurred in the 1920s atween Aymaras an Quechuas. The wird 'Patacamaya' is a conglomeration o twa wirds; 'Pataca' meanin "100" an 'Amaya' meaning 'Dead,' referrin tae the casualties o the war.[3]

Observatory[eedit | eedit soorce]

Situatit 3789 meters abuin sea level, Patacamaya is a prime location for astronomical observation. Its lichtly populatit aurie keeps licht pollution at a minimum, makkin it an ideal place for an observatory. The 'Observatorio de Patacamaya' wis built in 1973 wi help o the Soviets. Housomeivver, syne 1983, the UMSA (Universidad Mayor de San Andres) haes been maintainin the observatory.

The telescope in the observatory is a Celestron telescope o 40 cm diametre. The observatory contains twa astro-cameras an AFU-75 an aw, an CCD SBIG ST-5 amang ither astronomical equipment. This equipment haes been extremely uiseful for students researchin such events as the passin o Halley's Comet an the Shoemaker Levy 9 Comet.[4]

Economy[eedit | eedit soorce]

Apairt frae the Observatory, Patacamaya haes some ither smawer sources o income includin a weekly Sunday fair. Agricultur in the aurie consists mainly o potatoes.

Patacamaya is hame tae the militar unit 'Batallon de Tanques I Calama.'

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. http://www.maplandia.com/bolivia/la-paz/aroma/patacamaya/
  2. http://www.viajes-a.net/ciudad/Patacamaya-3850.htm
  3. http://www.patacamaya.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1&Itemid=112
  4. http://fcpn.umsa.bo/fcpn/app?service=page/Planetarium_Ob0100
  • www.ine.gov.bo