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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An arid region of northwest Chile. One of the driest areas in the world, it has yielded great nitrate and copper wealth.

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  • n. a desert in northern Chile rich in nitrate and copper deposits


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  • It's right on the edge of the Atacama Desert, which is the world's driest desert.

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  • The Atacama Desert is a narrow strip of desert along the northwest coast of Chile.

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  • The Atacama Desert is a virtually rainless plateau in South America, covering a TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at

  • Chile we were shooting in the Atacama Desert, which is the driest place on Earth at an extraordinary facility.

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  • Chilean director Patricio Guzmán, best-known for the epic political documentary "The Battle of Chile," begins with an astronomical theme: a visit to the Atacama Desert, 10,000 feet above sea level.

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  • This is the Atacama Desert, the huge Chilean tract that was the site of 19th-century mining camps, Pinochet concentration camps and which, despite being devoid of humidity, is the wellspring of Patricio Guzmán's profound and lovely "Nostalgia for the Light."

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  • Travelers are looking for out-of-the-way destinations, with Brazil's Pantanal, northern Colombia, Pueblos M á gicos in Mexico, the salt flats of Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert all high on the intrepid traveler's agenda.

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  • Both valleys make up the Cordillera de Sal Salt mountain range in Chile's Atacama Desert.

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  • My flight to Calama, the dusty town that is the gateway to Chile's Atacama Desert, was early and I wanted to make sure that I had enough time for my transfer to Santiago's airport.

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  • “Evidence of a microbial community associated with rock varnish at Yungay, Atacama Desert, Chile.”

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