Atacama Desert

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At·a·ca·ma Desert

 (ăt′ə-kăm′ə, ä′tä-kä′mä)
An arid region of northwest Chile. One of the driest areas in the world, it has yielded great nitrate and copper wealth.

Atacama Desert

(Spanish ataˈkama)
n
(Placename) a desert region along the W coast of South America, mainly in N Chile: a major source of nitrates. Area: about 80 000 sq km (31 000 sq miles)

A′ta•ca′ma Des′ert

(ˈæt əˈkæm ə, ˌæt-, ˈɑ təˈkɑ mə, ˌɑ tə-)
n.
an arid region in N Chile: nitrate deposits. ab. 70,000 sq. mi. (181,300 sq. km).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Atacama Desert - a desert in northern Chile rich in nitrate and copper depositsAtacama Desert - a desert in northern Chile rich in nitrate and copper deposits
Chile, Republic of Chile - a republic in southern South America on the western slopes of the Andes on the south Pacific coast
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Northward of these, there is one other very miserable valley, called Paposo, which contains about two hundred souls; and then there extends the real desert of Atacama -- a barrier far worse than the most turbulent ocean.
95) reveals the ancient Egyptian processes of mummification; the Chinchorro mummies found in the high desert of Atacama, Chile; the Soviet Union's preservation of Lenin and other Kremlin leaders; the natural preservation of bodies in crypts, bogs, frozen wastelands, and deserts.