Salar del Huasco

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Salar del Huasco

  • Country: 
    Chile
  • Site number: 
    874
  • Area: 
    6,000 ha
  • Designation date: 
    02-12-1996
  • Coordinates: 
    20°18'S 68°50'W
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Overview

Salar del Huasco. 02/12/96; Región I; 6,000 ha; 20°18'S 068°50'W. Seasonal, brackish lagoons and sparsely vegetated saltmarsh. Surrounding areas consist of five High Andean, sub-desert steppe vegetation types. An important group of flamingos is present at the site. Human activities include small-scale ranching and mining in the surrounding area. The saltmarsh is a source of rites and myths in the Aymara culture. A plan for groundwater extraction to supply the city of Iquique is pending. Ramsar site no. 874. Most recent RIS information: 1996.

Administrative region: 
Tarapaca

  • National legal designation: 
    • Protected Area
  • Last publication date: 
    02-12-1996

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