Estación Atacama UC - Oasis de Niebla Alto Patache - Chile

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Estación Atacama UC - Oasis de Niebla Alto Patache

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Alto Patache

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General Site Description: 

The Alto Patache fog oasis is located in northern Chile, 70 km south of Iquique, Tarapacá Region. This Oasis is located along the Coastal Range of Norte Grande, in the Atacama Desert, known for its remarkable aridity. The influence of coastal fog allows the development of a specially adapted vegetation, which provides habitat suitable for animal species.

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1 114.00ha

Purpose of Site : 

Research, Conservation, Education

History of Site: 

Since 1998 researchers from UC had been recording fog water collection and behavior in the site, in 2008 the government transfer the land for 25 years to develop environmental education, conservation and research. Actually, there are national and international universities working in the site in topics like fog water quality and potential, fog ecosystems, climate change, sun energy and different applications and technologies, sustainable housing, seismic research, among others. There is a basic infrastructure to lodge people, students and investigators from a broad range as school to undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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  • Estación Atacama UC - Alto Patache
  • Atrapaniebla
  • patache


Latitude: -20.820000000000
Longitude: -70.155556000000

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