Atacama, Aguas Calientes
Acrylic painting on Archival Canvas in a Black Metal Floater Frame.
This painting is part of my Ecological Landscape series.
The Atacama Desert is believed to be the driest non-polar place in the world. Some weather stations in the Atacama have never received rain. Periods of up to four years have been registered with no rainfall. In fact, the Atacama may not have had any significant rainfall from 1570 to 1971. It is probable that some parts of the Atacama Desert have been arid for the last 200 million years.
The Atacama is sparsely populated in interior areas. However, oases and some valleys have been populated for millennia and were the location of one of the more advanced Pre-Columbian cultures.
Typical of the multi-jurisdictional issues we find with other environmental problems, this desert has been the scene of many disputes between Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. Naturally, the indigenous peoples are mistreated.
Currently, Lithium is the reason for corporate conquest. This painting is based on a Google Earth image of Aguas Calientes, Atacama, Chile.
In an interesting side note, Ivo Morales the now ex president of Bolivia blames Lithium greed for his overthrow.