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Chile Information

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Rich Nissen

on 29 August 2016

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Information About Chile

Hello, my name is Richard. I am here to present facts about one of my favorite countries, Chile. All I need for you to do is sit back, and enjoy.
My Country.
If it's a place, it's gotta have terrain. Chile's terrain has some low coastal mountains, a fertile central valley, and rugged Andes in the east. The amount of space water takes is 12,290 square kilometers. Here is the type of land. Agriculture land: 21.21%. Arable land 1.7%. Permanent crops 0.6%. Permanent pasture 18.8%. Forest 21.9%. The land area total is 756,102 square kilometers. Fun fact, it's the seventh biggest country in South America.
Chile has many religions, so here they are. Roman Catholic 66.7%. Evangelical or Protestant 16.4%. Jehovah's Witnesses 1%. Other 3.4%. None 11.5%. Unspecified 1.1.
By Richard Nissen
Ethnic Groups
Now that I've given the religions, I shall give the ethnic groups. White and non-indigenous 88.9%. Mapuche 9.1%. Aymara 0.7%. And other groups are 1%.
So we know the ethnic group and the religions, but what's the population of Chile? It was actually bigger than I thought. It is 17,508,260. Your second fun fact of the day is that Chile has the sixth highest population in South America.
Like any place on Earth, Chile is affected by climate. So here it is. Temperate; dessert in north; Mediterranean in central region;cool and damp in south.
Natural Hazards
Not even Chile can avoid natural hazard. Here is what the country must go through. Severe earthquakes; active volcanism; tsunami.
Environment; Current Issues
Another problem Chile has to go through is environmental issues such as air pollution, endangered species, deforestation, and the resulting soil erosion.
One of the most beautiful places in Chile is Santiago. It was a city founded in 1541, and has been the capital of Chile ever since then. It is also the biggest city in Chile. This giant city has plenty of plazas, parks, fountains, and an abundance of street performers. It's gotta something for everyone. Even if you don't like that, this town has some of the greatest views you will ever see. It's without a doubt a must see place.
Puente Alto
Don't think Chile has one city and you're done. We still got two left. Next is Puente Alto. It's a marvelous town with over 500,000 citizens. The town has around 240,800 men, and 250,000 women.
Our last city for today is named Antofagasta. This town was founded in 1888 and was inhabited by troops during the War of the Pacific. It now has around 309,000 civilians. Hands down, one of the things you'll want to see is Mano del Desierto, the hand of the sand.
Fun Facts
I would now like to take a small break, and talk about cool facts about Chile. Found in the north of Chile is the driest dessert on Earth, with an average rainfall of less than 0.05 mm per year. The desert is named Atacama Desert. Easter Island is actually Chilean territory. Chile's national sport is rodeo, a sport going on to this day. Chile is one of the two countries that does not border Brazil. Chile has one of the highest lakes above sea level, Lake Chungara. Divorce in Chile was only made legal in 2005, and the country has one of the lowest divorce rates globally. Along the mountainous region of Chile, there are over 1300 volcanoes and a number of them still active. If you like monsters, get this. Chile has the oldest mummy in existence. OK, if your grossed out by that, then maby this will make you feel better. Chile actually has several types of penguins, which is made even better by the fact that Chile also has the biggest pool in the world. How big, you ask? Well, it goes 1,000 METERS!
Isabel Allende
We've talked about so many places, but what about the people? Or maybe, celebrities. And here's one of them. Isabel Allende. This lady became popular with her famous stories, as her best works are City of the Beast, and The House of Spirits. These stories became instant classics and even got her into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has also won more than thirty awards! She is also still alive and kicking.
I don't know about you, but I'm rather hungry at the moment. How about we talk about some dishes from Chile. First off, we have humitas. These are a scrumptious dish that can be made savory, sweet, or sweet and sour. They can be made with corn, onions, basil, and butter or lard. Something interesting that you might see in the picture right over there, is that when this dish is cooked, people used thread or twine to keep them together.
Food, two
Now that dish number one is done, let's get to dish number two, pastel de choclo. Let's talk about the name first. The word "choclo" means tender corn in quencha. Pretty cool huh. OK, it's not really interesting at all but, let's move on. This is a pie, if you couldn't tell. It is prepared with sweetcorn, which is ground to form a paste, and seasoned with basil, itself ground and then blended into the corn. The mixture is pre-cooked with milk and a little lard. Then, when ready, it is used as a topping for the filling. The filling, known as "pino", contains minced beef cooked with onions, paprika, other spices, and sometimes chicken, is also used as a filling for traditional Chilean empanadas. The pino is laid in the bottom of the paila with slices of hard boiled egg, olivs, and raisins.
Ya know, as much as I like the sound of my voice, it's nice to here some music. So let's name types of music that came from Chile. First up, cueca. Next, The Chilean Tonada. And last but not least, Contemporary Chilean music.
Historical Places
Let's jump into places again and talk about historical places. Stop number one is Catedral de Copiapo. This was originally a place inhabbited by indians, then Spaniards. Stop number two is good old Easter Island. Sadly, the Easter Bunny doesn't live there, but a whopping 887 statues do!
Man, I'm bored. Let's talk about some recreations in Chile. Some of the most popular are hiking, rafting, skiing, camping, going to the beach, and horse racing.
Professional Sports
OK, let's
get into activities like professional sports. Chile's most popular sport is definitely soccer. But tennis is Chile's most successful sport. Meanwhile, in rural areas, rodeos are the most practiced sport in Chile. But then there's wrestling too. OK, if you couldn't tell, Chile love sports.
I think I wanna go and see some places in Chile again. How about these landmarks? Let's go up in Chile's far north to see Lauca National Park. It's a beautiful view of one of the prettiest mountains you will ever see. It's also on my bucket list. Some would think that Chile is a rather hot place as it has the hottest place on Earth, but it can also be pretty cool. (pun definitely intended) Meet the San Rafael Glacier, one of the coldest places in Chile. They are located deep within southern Chile and burr are they cold. These icebergs are in a place colder than negative twenty degrees.
Natural Resources
If you love ores, you might be interested in Chile. Here is the ores located in Chile. You have copper, timber, iron ore, nitrates, precious medals, molybdenum, and hydropower. Good luck remembering that.
Bordering Countries
Chile isn't everything in the world, however. Here is the bordering countries of Chile. You have Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia.

If you plan to go to Chile, here are the languages. Spanish 99.5%. English 10.2%. Unspecified 0.2%.
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