Atacama Desert


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a desert in northern Chile rich in nitrate and copper deposits

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Most of the water in this part of the Atacama Desert now is used in the copper mines and to support the local population that is gathered in the nearby city of Calama.
The combination of high mountaintops and the driest desert air on the planet makes a trip to the Atacama Desert the top choice for skywatchers," says Bob McDonald.
above sea-level in the Atacama Desert in Argentina, the LLAMA radio telescope is scheduled for operation beginning in 2017 and will operate in the 90 to 700 GHz frequency band.
Located 37 kilometers from Copiapo in the Atacama Desert, the plant has more than 310,000 photovoltaic modules spread over 250 acres.
Gravel in the Andes and a lot of extremely fine sand in the hot Atacama desert.
This year's 5800-mile route led from Rosario, Argentina, across the Andes and the Atacama Desert to Valparaiso, Chile.
In search of the answer, Richard Ellis, the Steele Family Professor of Astronomy at Caltech, together with colleagues from the University of Tokyo and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, undertook an exploration of Himiko using the combined resources of the Hubble Space Telescope and the new Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile's Atacama Desert.
com)-- With photos from Tocopilla, a small town in Chile's Atacama desert region, the article goes on to say that in Carter's novels South of Centre and Hard Bed Hotel, she successfully portrays characters who scrounge out a living on the fringes of Chilean society.
Action sequences in the Bond film Quantum of Solace were filmed in the remote Atacama desert while Antonio Banderas and Jennifer Lopez have just signed up for a big-budget movie about the plight of the Chilean miners in 2010.
Starting in Santiago he will cross the remote Atacama desert to reach the world''s most advanced ground-based telescope, the VLT (Very Large Telescope) as well as visiting the world''s largest, most sensitive radio telescope ALMA.
But the 6-inch skeleton found in the Atacama Desert in Chile in 2003 by a treasure hunter - dubbed the 'Atacama Humanoid' or 'Ata' for short - has been declared human.
The driest place on earth' is usually a term used to describe the Atacama Desert in Chile.
Engineers and scientists battled against the harsh climate of the Atacama desert to get a chance to peer into the darkest corners of the universe.
You donOt have to be an astronomer, or know the names of the constellations to appreciate it, but one look at the sky over ChileOs Atacama Desert and youOll want to know more.
A few hardy microbes in Chile's Atacama Desert are tougher.