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Atacama [electronic resource]

Parthenon Entertainment (Firm)
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
The Atacama Desert in Chile is commonly known as the driest place on Earth. Studies by a group of British scientists have suggested that some riverbeds have been dry for 120,000 years. Once known for its rich deposits of copper and the world's largest natural supply of sodium nitrate, the desert is now home to the largest space observatory every built by man. Because of its high altitude, nearly non-existent cloud cover, dry air, and lack of light pollution and radio interference from the very widely spaced cities, the desert is one of the best places in the world to conduct astronomical observations.
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52 min.
6 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on September 08, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Deserts and Life
  • Summary and Introduction (1:15)
  • Driest Desert (2:05)
  • High Desert Human Survival (2:43)
  • Ayquina (2:35)
  • Topain Village (3:12)
  • Change on the Horizon (2:25)
  • Extracting Mineral Wealth (3:30)
  • Prehistoric Statements in Stone (2:42)
  • Quillagua's Demise (3:03)
  • A Dying Village (2:49)
  • Subterranean Salt (4:03)
  • Chacabuco's Dark History (1:42)
  • Torture in the Desert (4:06)
  • Mass Grave in the Desert (3:18)
  • Western Edge of the Atacama (3:44)
  • Drip Irrigation (2:33)
  • European Southern Observatory (3:00)
  • Closest Thing to Mars on Earth (2:59)
  • Credits: Atacama: Deserts and Life (0:23)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2011.
Publisher no.
  • 55098 Films Media Group
  • 55095s Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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