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Tree planting in the driest place on Earth

Date : 20th April 2009, Source : BBC Link to News Story



The southern coast of Peru is one of the driest places on Earth. Why would anyone choose this parched location to re-plant a forest? The strip of desert between the Andean mountains and the Pacific Ocean has an annual average rainfall as low as 1.5mm. By way of comparison, London enjoys around 650mm a year. It's not an obvious place to choose if you're looking for somewhere to plant trees, but for restoration ecologist Oliver Whaley the harsh environment of the northern fringes of the Atacama desert is part of the point.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7934406.stm





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