The Transverse Valleys (Spanish: Valles transversales) are a group of valleys in the semi-arid northern Chile. They run from east to west (traversing Chile) being among the most prominent geographical features in the regions they cross. They are located in the Chilean regions of Valparaíso, Coquimbo and Atacama. They share some characteristics as reaching the Pacific Ocean without passing through the Intermediate Depression, being rather deep dissecting the landscape, concentrating most agriculture and population in the areas through which they pass and being intensively cultivated. They are one if the defining elements the Chilean natural region of Norte Chico. The area of the Transverse Valleys spans roughly a length of 600 km from north to south.
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