THE ATACAMA DESERT is located in northern Chile.

CLIMATE | ‘It does not rain much in the Atacama desert. A 1,000km strip of land running along the Chilean coast, it is Earth’s driest desert outside its poles. Average annual rainfall in certain parts can be as low as a millimetre or two a year, and some Atacaman weather stations have never seen a drop of water,’ (Source: ‘Waiting for Rain’, The Economist March 3rd 2018, p68).