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Chiloé Island Off Coast of Chile – January 2nd, 2012

43.1S 74W

January 2nd, 2012 Category: Mountains

Argentina and Chile - December 24th, 2011

Visible just above the center of this image of Chile (left) and Argentina (right) and the countries’ Andes Mountain border area is Chiloé Island, the largest island of the Chiloé Archipelago off the coast of Chile, in the Pacific Ocean. The island is located in southern Chile, in the Los Lagos Region.

Chiloé Island (8,394 km², 3241 sq mi), is the second largest island in Chile (and the fifth largest in South America), after the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. It is separated from the Chilean mainland by the Chacao Strait (“Canal Chacao”) to the north, and by the Gulf of Ancud (Golfo de Ancud) and the Gulf of Corcovado (Golfo Corcovado) to the east; the Pacific ocean lies to the west, and the Chonos Archipelago lies to the south, across the Boca del Guafo.

Chiloé Island by Gulfs of Ancud and Corcovado, Chile – May 20th, 2011

43.1S 74W

May 20th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Argentina and Chile - May 1st, 2011

The snow-capped Andes Mountains mark the border between Chile and Argentina, as does the color change from the dry, tan steppes of Argentine Patagonia, to the green Chilean landscape.

Many islands can be observed off the Chilean coast, hence the area’s name: Los Lagos (Lakes) Region. The largest island visible here is Chiloé Island, in the upper half of the image.

Despite its large size of 8,394 km² (3241 sq mi), it is actually the second largest island in Chile, after the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.

It is separated from the Chilean mainland by the Chacao Strait (“Canal Chacao”) to the north, and by the Gulf of Ancud (Golfo de Ancud) and the Gulf of Corcovado (Golfo Corcovado) to the east.

Chiloé Island in Southern Chile’s Los Lagos Region

42.4S 73.7W

March 9th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Chile - February 25th, 2010

Chile - February 25th, 2010

Chiloé Island (Spanish: Isla de Chiloé), also known as Greater Island of Chiloé (Isla Grande de Chiloé), is the largest island of the Chiloé Archipelago off the coast of Chile, in the Pacific Ocean. The island is located in southern Chile, in the Los Lagos Region, visible here in the lower left quadrant.

The effects of the recent Chilean earthquake were felt as far south as Chiloé Island. Argentina has sent construction teams there to help reconstruct some of the washed away coastal buildings.

Chiloé Island (8,394 km², 3241 sq mi), is the second largest island in Chile (and the fifth largest in South America), after the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. It is separated from the Chilean mainland by the Chacao Strait (“Canal Chacao”) to the north, and by the Gulf of Ancud (Golfo de Ancud) and the Gulf of Corcovado (Golfo Corcovado) to the east; the Pacific ocean lies to the west, and the Chonos Archipelago lies to the south, across the Boca del Guafo.

The island is 190 km (118 mi) from north to south, and averages 55–65 km wide (35 to 40 mi). The capital is Castro, on the east side of the island; the second largest town is Ancud, at the island’s northwest corner, and there are several smaller port towns on the east side of the island, such as Quellón, Dalcahue and Chonchi.

Chiloé Island and the Chonos Archipelago are a southern extension of the Chilean coastal range, which runs north and south, parallel to the Pacific coast and the Andes Mountains. The Chilean Central Valley lies between the coastal mountains and the Andes, of which the Gulfs of Ancud and Corcovado form the southern extension. Mountains run north and south along the spine of the island. The east coast is deeply indented, with several natural harbors and numerous smaller islands.

Chile, from the Antofagasta Region to the Los Lagos Region

36.6S 72.1W

February 26th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Chile - February 12th, 2010

Chile - February 12th, 2010

The Andes Mountains run vertically through the center of this image, separating Chile (west) from Argentina (east). Upon opening the full image, much of the coast of Chile is visible, stretching from the Antofagasta Region in the north to the Los Lagos Region in the south.

The Antofagasta Region has a mostly desert climate, part of the Atacama Desert, with variations in the amount of annual rainfall from the coast to the highland desert. This varies greatly from the Los Lagos Region, which generally has a natural vegatation of Valdivian temperate rain forest. The coastal part, except for south of Chiloé Island, has a temperate climate with cold winter rain. To the south, the climate is characterized by constant rain and not having dry seasons.

Across the Andes in Argentina, in the lower right corner, is  the Ezequiel Ramos Mexía Reservoir, created by the El Chocón Dam on the Limay River in northwestern Argentine Patagonia. The dam is used to regulate the flow of the Limay River, for irrigation, and for the generation of hydroelectricity.

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