The world’s driest desert is expanding in Chile

July 10, 2015

California is not the only place yearning for rain and snow fall. In Chile, Santiago city, which consists of 7 million people, is experiencing its driest year since 1996. The Andes mountains supply most of Santiago’s water, but those mountains haven’t received much snow fall.

The Atacama desert is 1,000 kilometers (622 miles) from Santiago city. Geographers are estimating that Santiago is moving towards becoming a desert or semi-desert due to high global temperatures.

Chiopa and Limari rivers, which are just North of Santiago are slowing to a trickle. What was once a fertile valley for farmers, agriculture, and livestock, is drying up throughout this eighth year of a drought. Geographers say that a couple rainfalls won’t help at this point. They need “400-500 millimeters to normalize the situation.”

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