cristobal olivares

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Location: Santiago,Chile
Nationality: Chilean
Biography: Cristóbal Olivares, born in Santiago, Chile in 1988, is a documentary photographer with a special interest in social affairs. He is the co-founder of Buen Lugar , an independent editorial initiative that publishes books and photography... MORE
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Updated Jan 2022
Topics Aerial, Climate Change, Community, Energy, Environment, Landscape, Latin America, Photography, Photojournalism, Travel, Water
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This work is supported by The National Geographic Society

Chile is the world's second-largest lithium producer after Australia and has one of the largest lithium reserves in the world. The leading national production happens in the Atacama desert, one of the driest places on Earth, where the highest surface UV irradiance may occur. SQM and Albemarle are the mining companies operating in the Atacama salt flat that produced 40,000 tonnes of lithium in 2022.
The Atacameños community are the inhabitants of this area, whose antecedents can be traced back at least 1500 years, and now must live together with these mining activities that claim future progress. The towns where they live are in the eternal duality of the economic benefits of the mining industry and the potential adverse environmental effects of extractivism in the area, such as water extraction, which later affects ground quality and temperature, directly impacting agriculture activities.

Chile es el segundo productor mundial de litio, después de Australia, y posee una de las mayores reservas del mundo. La principal producción nacional tiene lugar en el desierto de Atacama, uno de los lugares más secos y donde puede darse la mayor irradiación UV del mundo. SQM y Albemarle son las empresas mineras que operan en el salar de Atacama y que produjeron 40.000 toneladas de litio en 2022.
Los Atacameños son los habitantes de esta zona, cuyos antecedentes se remontan al menos a 1500 años atrás, y que ahora deben convivir con estas actividades mineras que prometen ser el progreso del futuro. Los pueblos donde viven se encuentran en la eterna dualidad de los beneficios económicos de la industria minera y los potenciales efectos ambientales adversos del extractivismo en la zona, como la extracción de agua, que luego afecta la calidad del suelo y la temperatura, impactando directamente en las actividades agrícolas.



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