Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance. (Will Durant, historian)
You should not see the desert simply as some faraway place of little rain. There are many forms of thirst. (William Langewiesche, author)
No doubt about it – deserts are dry. Because all deserts are not created equal, where is the driest desert on our planet?
Surely you didn’t guess the place in the image above, which is Death Valley in California. Besides, I’m confident the Atacama Desert quickly came to everyone’s mind.
Yes, the Atacama – a 600 mile (1,000 km) high plateau in Chile. The Atacama – sandwiched between the Andes Mountains to its east and the Pacific Ocean to its west. The Atacama – the land of stone, sand, and salt lakes. The Atacama – a land of unique flora and fauna that is sparsely populated by people.
Unlike previous posts in this series, today’s Explore provides two short looks at Atacama – an initial drive through the desert followed by the beauty of its night sky. Enjoy this journey to a land you may not have known until now.