Cordillera Pelada

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Pelada Range
Cordillera Pelada.jpg
View of Fitzroya forests of Cordillera Pelada in La Unión commune
Country Chile
State/Province Los Ríos, Los Lagos
Range coordinates 40°22′S 73°38′W / 40.37°S 73.63°W / -40.37; -73.63Coordinates: 40°22′S 73°38′W / 40.37°S 73.63°W / -40.37; -73.63
Parent range Cordillera de la costa
Orogeny Toco
Age of rock Carboniferous[1]

Cordillera Pelada (Spanish for Bald Range or Barren Range) is a mountain range in southern Los Ríos Region, southern Chile. It is located along the Pacific coast and forms part of the larger Chilean Coast Range. It got its name pelada from the Spanish word for bare or bald in reference to large fires that once burned the forests on the cordillera.

From about 1750 to 1943, when the land between Maullín River and Valdivia was colonized by Spain and Chile, numerous fires of Fitzroya woods occurred in Cordillera Pelada. These fires were initiated by Spaniards, Chileans and Europeans. Earlier, from 1397 to 1750 the Fitzroya woods of Cordillera Pelada did also sufer some fires that originated from lightning strikes and indigenous inhabitants.[2]

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  1. ^ The Geology of Chile
  2. ^ Lara, A.; Fraver, S.; Aravena, J.C.; Wolodarsky-Franke, F. (1999), "Fire and the dynamics of Fitzroya cupressoides (alerce) forests of Chile's Cordillera Pelada", Écoscience, 6 (1): 100–109