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Precious Resource
Photograph by Joel Sartore

Dust flies as shepherds herd goats above an irrigated valley near the Atacama Desert, a 600-mile (1,000-kilometer) stretch of northern Chile squeezed between the Pacific and the Andes. Irrigation soaks up about 15 percent of available water in the Atacama, known as the driest place on Earth. In some spots, rainfall has never been recorded.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Kodachrome 200
Lens: Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/2.8

Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Dawn
Lighting Techniques: Available light



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