SUNDAY’S SPECIAL SPOT DESERT SERIES – ATACAMA DESERT

There is no doubt that our globe has incredible natural beauty – mountains, oceans, craters, forests and the like. I have decided to showcase some of these great beauties in a ‘series of series’ every several months. Starting today it will be about the fascinating dry, barren and at times bleak land of deserts.

The stark beauty of a desert is almost haunting. A harsh and severe environment where few survive. Unforgiving. Extreme. Stunning. The Atacama Desert in South America has a reach of 1000km/600miles. Extending from Peru’s border southward into Chile its interior is known as the driest place on the planet, an “absolute desert”.  Nothing grows, nothing survives except remnants and fossils.

Atacama Desert, Chile

Atacama Desert, Chile

Undeterred by the roughness of the desert there are those who call this place home. Closer to the edges of the desert, nearing the Pacific Coast lie towns and villages where life has adapted to the environment surrounding it. Where what little water that falls is doggedly used to farm and to live.

Photo credit – Wikimedia Commons: Smcmurtrey

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