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The Atacama Desert, which normally receives only 1 to 3 millimeters of rain a year, had a rare snowfall in 2011. Image: NASA, public domain.

Soil Community in Atacama Desert Survives on Fog

Elizabeth Borneman

Scientists have discovered new methods that allow certain plants and animals to survive in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

The Atacama Desert, which normally receives only 1 to 3 millimeters of rain a year, had a rare snowfall in 2011. Image: NASA, public domain.

Driest Non-polar Desert in the World

Caitlin Dempsey

Situated in northern Chile, the Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on Earth.

Fastest Thinning Glacier

Caitlin Dempsey

Hielo Patagónico Sur 12 (HPS-12) in Patagonia is believed to be the fastest thinning glacier in the world.