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The republic of Chile is a wonderful country on the coast of Southern South America It borders the South Atlantic Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean between Argentina and Peru As of July 2002 Chile had 15498930 people 43 million of them live in the capital of the country Santiago Chile has a surface area of 292133 square miles Chile is a very contrast country It has low coastal Andes Mountains fertile valleys and forests in the central region glaciers in the south and the Atacama Desert in the north The annual temperature in the north is 586 F and in the south it is 644 F Mining is important to the Chilean economy It has the worlds largest reserve of copper In addition iron ore nitrates precious metals and molybdenum are also mined Also important to the Chilean economy is forestry Their main wood exports are pine eucalyptus pulp and paper Chile has two natural hazards They are severe earthquakes and active volcanism In modern times 28 earthquakes reading greater than 69 on the Richter scale have struck Chile There are over 620 volcanoes many of them active The economy in Chile is very strong in part due to the exporting of wheat corn beans sugar beets potatoes fruit beef poultry and fish Grapes are their major agricultural export accounting for 96 of the worlds supply Chile mainly manufactures metalworking packages and containers plastics and textiles Chiles communication consists of 2603 million main line telephones and 944225 cellular telephones They also have 180 AM 64 FM and 17 shortwave radio broadcast stations There are 63 plus 121 repeaters television broadcast stations and 7 internet service providers Tourism in Chile is big with over 15 million people visiting a year In total revenue from tourism makes up nine percent of Chiles total foreign earnings There are 6702 railways in Chile and a total of 78800 km highways of which 11012km are paved and 68788 km
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