The Atacama Desert (Desert Week)

We’re continuing the first annual GSS Desert Week! We’re mostly posting about deserts and it’s lasting about a week! The Atacama Desert is a virtually rainless plateau in Chile, South America. Made up of salt basins, sand and lava flows, the 181,300 km2 desert is more than 20 million years old, and as it only receives about 3mm of rain a year is considered to be one of the driest places on Earth. Areas such as the Valle de la Luna haven’t received a single drop of rain in hundreds of years. Valle de la Luna (Wikipedia) shown…

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