Pampa del Tamarugal

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Pampa del Tamarugal ("Plateau of the Tamarugal") is a vast plain encompassing a significant portion of the Norte Grande, Chile, and originally named for the Prosopis tamarugo trees that used to cover its surface. It is located between the parallels 19°30’ and 22°15’ south latitude and is considered part of the Atacama Desert.[1] It is bounded on the west by the Chilean Coastal Range and on the east by the western slopes of the Andes. The plain occupies a surface area of 12,500 km² with an average elevation of 1100 m.[1]


Among the major tourist attractions in the Pampa del Tamarugal are the world heritage site Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works, the town of La Tirana, and the Pampa del Tamarugal National Reserve.

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  1. ^ a b Robertson, A.G. "Research being undertaken in the Atacama desert of Chile on the Tamarugo tree, Prosopis Tamarugo Phil*". Browse in Africa. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-07-27.