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Atacama Desert

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Description Begins with a brief geography lesson to orient the North American viewer to the size and climate of Chile. Scenes of indigenous shepherding in desert villages are followed by a visit to the Christmas celebration of the Virgin of Andecollo. Scenes at a giant open-pit copper mine at Chuquicamata show the extraction process from blasting ore to refining. Narration states that the Atacama holds the world's largest source of nitrate a history of this lucrative industry is summarized. The mineral riches of the region go to market at the sea ports of Tocapilla and Antofagasta. The wealth from Chile's natural resources are shown accruing in the prosperous, modern cities of Valparaiso and Santiago.
Creator United States Information Agency
United States. Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs
Contributor Julien Bryan : cinematographer, narrator, producer
William James : Cinematographer
Philip Stapp : Graphics by
Tom Cobb : Script by
Louis Horst: Music by
Date Issued 1943
Spatial Coverage Tocapilla, Chile
Chuquicamata, Chile
Chiuchiu, Chile
Antofagasta, Chile
El Tofo, Chile
Andacollo, Chile
Duration 00:16:43
Color/Black & White B&W
Sound/Silent Sound
Nation of Origin U.S.