The country of Chile is located in western South America. The conditions vary with the mountains,
deserts, and beaches.
The climate is one condition that may vary within different regions. The country extends a long
distance from north to south. There is a lack of rainfall to the north. there the air is able to hold
much of the moisture.
Middle Chile has hot, dry summers and cool, moist winters. The temperatures aren't often
extreme. The warmest month, January, averages 63.7 degrees Ferenheit. The coolest months, June and
July, Average 53.3 F.
More to the south the rain increases, and the length of the summerdry season shortens. Rainfall
totals more than 200 inches per year in some places.
Chile has the longest seacoast in the world. It stretches more than 2,600 miles from north to
south. The country is about nine times longer than it is wide. It is only about 227 miles east to west
at its widest point. Chile has a small piece of antarctica and some Pacific islands including Easter
The total area of Chile is 292,258 square miles. About 70% of the land is mountainous because of
the mountain chain , the Andes, that runs through it. The countries that border Chile are Peru, Bolivia,
The capital and largest city in Chile is Santiago, with a populatoin of 4,421,900 people. The
highest elevation is Mount Ojos del Sabado. The lowest is at sea level.
The vegetation also varies with region. In the far north along the coast there is seasonal
desert plant life. In the desert interior there is almost no growth though. To the east a bit, on the
Andean slopes, are scatterings of cacti and desert shrubs....
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