Baker River (Chile)
|Mouth||Baker Channel, Pacific Ocean|
|Length||170 km |
|Source elevation||200 m |
|Avg. discharge||870 cubic metres per second (31,000 cu ft/s)|
|Basin area||26,726 km² |
The Baker River is a river located in the Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Region of the Chilean Patagonia. It is Chile's largest river in terms of volume of water. The river flows out of Bertrand Lake, which is fed by General Carrera Lake. It runs along the east side of the Northern Patagonian Ice Field and empties into the Pacific Ocean, near the town of Caleta Tortel. The river forms a delta, dividing into two major arms, of which only the northernmost one is navigable.
Its characteristic turquoise-blue color is due to the glacial sediments deposited in it.
It is the proposed site of a controversial hydro-electric project, to be the biggest in the history of Chile. The generator and its 2,400 megawatt power production would wholly be owned by HidroAysén, a subsidiary of the international energy conglomerate Endesa/Enel, whose plans to construct five massive hydroelectric dams along the Baker and Pascua rivers, two of Chile's mightiest rivers, are currently (as of March 2013), are under protest by Chilean and international environmental activist groups. Few rivers this large in the world remain undammed and free flowing. Chile's Committee of Ministers have overturned the environmental permits for the HidroAysén dam project as of June 2014.
- Nef River
- Chacabuco River
- Del Salto River
- Colonia River
- De los Ñadis River
- Ventisquero River
- Vargas River
Kayaking is a popular sport on the river.
- Río Baker
- Baker-Pascua Project, accessed 2010-06-17
- Hidrografía Región de Aysén, Sistema Integrado de Información Territorial
- Endesa Opponents Call Foul The Santiago Times
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