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

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Cactus at Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuges, Arizona.

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Cactus at Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuges, Arizona.

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Cactus at Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuges, Arizona.

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Cactus at Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuges, Arizona.

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Cactus at Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuges, Arizona.

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Cactus at Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuges, Arizona.

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Tourists explore Bartholomew Island, part of Galapagos National Park.

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A cat gets some attention while standing on the stone corral that protects an Aymara woman’s herd of sheep in Chile’s Atacama desert.

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

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A cat gets some attention while standing on the stone corral that protects an Aymara woman’s herd of sheep in Chile’s Atacama desert.

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A cat gets some attention while standing on the stone corral that protects an Aymara woman’s herd of sheep in Chile’s Atacama desert.

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

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

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

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The town of Saint George a suburban sprawl in southwestern Utah.

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A mountain biker and tire tracks that threaten to destroy living desert crust near Arches National Park, Utah.

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Fragmentation of fragile habitat has added to the woes of the once-hardy desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizi). They are collected from soon-to-be-developed lands and sent to a center where they are adopted, euthanized (if ill), or used for research.

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A grandfather poses with his granddaughters at his cattle ranch at the edge of the Mojave desert near Goffs, California.

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

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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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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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Police, seen through the windshield of a truck, stop visitors speeding 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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The Atacama Giant (Spanish: Gigante de Atacama) a 282 ft. tall geoglyph in the Atacama Desert in Cerro Unitas, Chile.

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