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Photo: Torres del Paine National Park
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CHILE: Patagonia
A rare patch of calm settles on Torres del Paine National Park, where gale-force winds often batter glacial lakes and granite peaks. The sparsely inhabited region known as Patagonia includes about 25 percent of Argentina and Chile but is home to less than 5 percent of their populations.

Photograph by Peter Essick
“Land of the Living Wind,” January 2004

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3. After the image appears in your browser, click the right-hand button on your mouse.

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2. Click the size you wish to download.

3. After the image appears in your browser, drag the image onto your desktop.

4. From the Apple menu select SYSTEM PREFERENCES.

5. Select DESKTOP.

6. In the pull-down menu marked "Collection," select CHOOSE FOLDER.

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2. Click the size you wish to download.

3. After the image appears in your
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4. From the Apple Menu (at the
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6. Click SELECT PICTURE or PLACE PICTURE, then locate and click the image file.

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