Water in the Desert

The Atacama desert is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The northern part of Chile is naturally dry. Many places have not have rainfall for many decades. It’s coastal region cooled by the Humboldt current coming from Antarctic. This also cools the desert. The people who live in this region get water from the Andes which flows through rivers such as the Copiapo. For many years humans have settled this region living in or on the edge of a cool dry desert. It was a predictable existence, in terms of climate and weather. Continue reading

The Humboldt Current and Climate Change

One of the driest parts of our planet is the Northern coastal region of Chile and the adjacent land of Peru. Here you will find an almost windless desert where rain has not fallen for more than twenty years. Some parts have no recorded rainfall at all. Life is made possible by rivers that drive though fertile valleys from the Andes. Continue reading