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Vicunas in the high Andes near the Chile/Bolivia border in the Atacama Desert.

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Hot breath of active volcanoes rises from roiling thermal pool fields in Chile’s Atacama desert.

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Two tourist are transfixed by the otherworldly terrain of the Valley of the Moon in Chile’s Atacama desert.

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The desert dwarfs the one road from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama.

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Aymara woman with her llama herd on the desolate landscape of the high Chilean Atacama desert.

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Miners masked against sun and cold carve up the land in search of borax in Chile’s Atacama desert.

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A street in San Pedro de Atacama as the day comes to an end.

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Police, seen through the windshield of a truck, stop visitors speeding in Chile’s Atacama desert.

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The Atacama Giant (Spanish: Gigante de Atacama) a 282 ft. tall geoglyph in the Atacama Desert in Cerro Unitas, Chile.

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An Aymara family (indigenous) in the Chilean high Andes.

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A fox in the cactus forest of Pan de Azuca National Park in the Atacama Desert.

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Joel Sartore peers over a cliff while on assignment in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

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A fox in the cactus forest of Pan de Azuca National Park in the Atacama Desert.

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Club de Golf is in Arica, Chile in the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth. Creative solutions to the lack of water include painting rocks blue to mark a “water hazard,” using strips of astroturf when hitting from the fairway, and putting used motor oil on the sand and then smoothing it to serve as a putting green.

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Club de Golf is in Arica, Chile in the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth. Creative solutions to the lack of water include painting rocks blue to mark a “water hazard,” using strips of astroturf when hitting from the fairway, and putting used motor oil on the sand and then smoothing it to serve as a putting green.

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Club de Golf is in Arica, Chile in the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth. Creative solutions to the lack of water include painting rocks blue to mark a “water hazard,” using strips of astroturf when hitting from the fairway, and putting used motor oil on the sand and then smoothing it to serve as a putting green.

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Club de Golf is in Arica, Chile in the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth. Creative solutions to the lack of water include painting rocks blue to mark a “water hazard,” using strips of astroturf when hitting from the fairway, and putting used motor oil on the sand and then smoothing it to serve as a putting green.

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Club de Golf is in Arica, Chile in the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth. Creative solutions to the lack of water include painting rocks blue to mark a “water hazard,” using strips of astroturf when hitting from the fairway, and putting used motor oil on the sand and then smoothing it to serve as a putting green.

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Club de Golf is in Arica, Chile in the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth. Creative solutions to the lack of water include painting rocks blue to mark a “water hazard,” using strips of astroturf when hitting from the fairway, and putting used motor oil on the sand and then smoothing it to serve as a putting green.

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Club de Golf is in Arica, Chile in the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth. Creative solutions to the lack of water include painting rocks blue to mark a “water hazard,” using strips of astroturf when hitting from the fairway, and putting used motor oil on the sand and then smoothing it to serve as a putting green.

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The cold Humboldt current splashes up against a cliff packed with a breeding bird colony near Antofagasta, Chile. The life-filled waters that sustain the birds along the coast also create a high pressure dome that keeps the Atacama Desert cloudless and rain-free all year long.

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An Aymara (indigenous) woman herds llamas in the high altitudes of the Atacama Desert in Chile.

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The llareta bush in Chile’s Atacama Desert is so dense and almost coral-like that one can stand on it. It survives on very little water in the driest place on earth.

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The llareta bush in Chile’s Atacama Desert is so dense and almost coral-like that one can stand on it. It survives on very little water in the driest place on earth.

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A high-altitude geyser field in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

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El Gigante, a geoglyph in the Atacama Desert between Iquique and Arica on the Panamerican highway in Chile.

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A dust devil springs up near the Pan-American Highway in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

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A “road to nowhere” cuts through Chile’s Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth.

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A road cuts through Chile’s Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth.

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A road cuts through Chile’s Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth.

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Tourist on sand dunes in “The Valley of the Moon” in Chile’s Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth.

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A road cuts through Chile’s Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth.

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Distinctive rock formation in the “Valley of the Moon” in Chile’s Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth.

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