Where is the dri­est place on Earth?

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Parts of Chile’s Ata­cama Desert are so dry they haven’t seen rain since records be­gan. This arid desert on coun­try’s coast is of­ten touted as the dri­est place on Earth thanks to its po­si­tion in a rain shadow, which means mois­ture is fer­ried away over the An­des moun­tains. De­spite the harsh con­di­tions, more than one mil­lion peo­ple re­side on the fringes of the Ata­cama Desert, mostly crammed into the re­gion’s coastal cities, har­vest­ing fog to con­vert into drink­ing wa­ter and to grow crops with.

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