Chile's Patagonia Under Threat From Dam

8 Aug 2013 by Local Press Report

For all its rugged, austere beauty, Chilean Patagonia stands in peril of disappearing under the dual threat of industrialization and resource mismanagement. Years of sheep overgrazing and exploitation by the lumber industry have turned almost 30 percent of this vast grazing land into a virtual desert — with 90 percent soil degradation. A proposed dam project on Chile’s Baker and Pascua Rivers would create a 15,000-acre flood zone — threatening to possibly destroy scores of nature preserves — and carve thousands of miles for an electricity transmission line to power cities and the country’s massive mining industry...

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