Atacama Desert

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a desert in northern Chile rich in nitrate and copper deposits

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Surrounded by some of the highest snow-capped volcanoes in the world, the Atacama Plateau lies against the Andean Cordillera, extending from about 8,000 feet to more than 16,000 feet in elevation.
Such conditions are ideal for astronomical observation and the European Southern Observatory (ESO), a technical and research federation made up of representatives from ten European countries, currently operates two observatories in the Atacama plateau.
The nearly 30-story-high dome of the E-ELT would rear heavenward on Cerro Armazones, a peak on the high Atacama plateau of northern Chile at elevation 10,020 feet (3,050 meters).