10 Things You Did Not Know About Chile
Chile is not only one of the most beautiful countries in the world but is also an excellent destination. The land covers a diverse array of terrain and is one of the dream destinations for many tourists. From icy blue glaciers to snowcapped volcanoes, to beautiful beaches and wild desert regions, Chile has almost everything that fascinates its visitors. Along with the variety of natural landscapes, it also has a vibrant culture that makes it one of the best travel destinations in the world.
Chile is a South American country situated along with the Pacific Ocean. This long narrow country covers a land of about 756,950 per square kilometre and is home to 18.73 million inhabitants. Chile is no doubt one of the most exciting countries as it is a land of complete opposites. The south of the country is home to glaciers while the north has some magnificent deserts. Moreover, it is also filled with other facts that are still unknown to most of the people out there. So, we have decided to make today’s article about this incredible nation that will highlight some fun facts about this country as well.
So with that, here are ten things you did not know about Chile.
It Has The Largest Swimming Pool In The World
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Chile is not only blessed with many natural wonders, but the territory also boasts many modern-day inventions. One of the most famous ones is the swimming pool that is present in the coastal city of Algarrobo. This impressive artificial paradise is about of 1,000 yards and spread over an area of about 20 acres and has a maximum depth of 115-feet. It has also made its name in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest swimming pool in the world.
It Is One Of The Most Ancient Countries In The World
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Most of the people from around the world relate the mummies with ancient Egypt. But according to the archaeological proves the oldest mummies in the world are discovered in Chile. The mummies found in the Atacama Desert, which is situated in the north of the country are about 9,000 years old. To date, 282 Chilean mummies have been found, and most of them are 2,000 years earlier than in ancient Egypt.
Its Territory Is Home To The Driest Places In The World
The north side of the country home to the Atacama Desert, which is one of the most famous tourist spot as well. This desert is considered as the driest place on the earth as it experiences only 0.005mm of annual rainfall. The soil of this region is even compared with Mars, so, it’s an essential site for NASA to test some possible missions to Mars. Spreading over an area of about 40,000 sq, this Atacama Desert is also one of the oldest deserts in the world.
The Country Experience Most Earthquakes
Chile is located on a belt of active volcanoes and earthquakes. This belt is known as Ring of Fire and is stretches alongside the Pacific Ocean. This is the reason why the tectonic plates in this region produce the most earthquakes in the world. The nation has also experienced the most destructive earthquake in the world that lasted roughly eleven to thirteen minutes. It was recorded 9.5 on the Richter scale, and the magnitude of the earthquake contributed to large 25 m tall tsunami. Chile experienced this natural disaster in 1960, and it claimed the lives of more than 5000 people.
It Has The Most Mysterious Island In The World
As being the ancient countries, Chile is home to a best-known Pacific Island. Shrouded in history blurred by legend, Easter Island is one of the most mysterious islands in the world. Its land is dotted with eerie statues which are also called moai statues by the locals. According to the studies, these 900 statues were created between the 13th and 19th centuries. The same island is also found with one of the most extensive cave systems on earth.
The Country Is Considered As Best For Astronomical Research
The mountains of Norte Grande on the north side of Chile have an extraordinarily clear atmosphere. The place has about 300 bright nights a year, and this is why it is a popular spot for stargazing. Many tourist and even astronomers come here for their research. The nation has also reported so many UFO sightings that the state opened a 19-mile long UFO trail in 2008. Moreover, it is the world’s only govern with an active UFO science agency.
It is One of the Leading Producers of Wine
Chile is one of the few countries in the world that produce one of the famous in the world. The nation is producing wines since the 20th century and now is home to more than 100 wineries. The country is dotted with 14 different wine-growing areas, and all of these are responsible for producing one of the best wines in the world. Chilean wine is considered as one of the best wines and so it the fifth largest exporters of wine in the world.
It Is Home To The Largest Reservoirs Of Copper
Along with many other natural wonders, Chile is also blessed with the largest reserves of copper. Its territory is dotted with numerous copper mines and also home to the biggest mine on earth. Almost one-quarter of the world’s copper is found in the country, and it is the leading producer of this metal in the world. Along with copper, the nation has sizeable reserves of iron, silver, zinc, coal, gold, and iodine.
It Is One Of The Longest and Thinnest Countries in the World
Chile is the second-longest countries in the world after Brazil, which is 95 kilometres longer. With a width of just over 200 km, it is the narrowest country in the world that looks like a giant noodle. Furthermore, the nation also has a fifth longest coastline in the world that covers the area of about 6500 km. It is full of beaches and has a mild Mediterranean climate; so many tourists from all over the world are attracted to it.
The Country is Dotted With Numerous Volcanoes
The tectonic plate on which this narrow country is situated has a belt of the second-longest chain of volcanoes in the world. There are more than 2000 volcanos across the country, and 500 of them are the current ones. One of the most visited and historically active volcanoes are Cerro Arul, Cerro Hudson, and Villarrica.