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For my BOTM campaign I am going to be using my Star Trek Enterprise shuttlecraft, the Galileo, to take us on far-flung adventures. From the very bottom of Earth’s deepest seas to the far reaches of the Universe.
I have to make the pits tonight. I was at King Spots decorating party at the castle.
Put the rain coats away & grab a nice warm coat.
Today we are going to 2 of the driest places on our planet.
But you better get those warm coats back on. That is because the first one is in Antarctica in an area called the Dry Valleys.
The McMurdo Dry Valleys are a row of snow-free valleys in Antarctica located within Victoria Land west of McMurdo Sound. The region is one of the world’s most extreme deserts, and includes many interesting features including Lake Vida and the Onyx River, Antarctica's longest river.
No rain has fallen in this area for nearly 2 million years. That’s a long time I think.
Lake Bonney is a saline lake situated in the Dry Valleys. It is permanently covered with 3 to 5 meters of ice.
Lake Vanda, is 3 times saltier than the ocean. Everbirdie can float in this lake if you don’t mind being cold.
OK you can take the heavy coats off now. But you might want a jacket because the Atacama Desert can be a little chilly. It is located in
northern Chile and it is the world's second driest region. It is a short hop in the shuttle.
The Atacama is a high (most elevations are over 8000 feet) and cold desert, average temperatures range from 0° to 25° Celsius (32° to 75° F).
Not many people live here. Not many animals either for that matter.
This desert occupies about 105,000 square kilometres (41,000 sq mi) composed mostly of salt lakes (salares), sand, and felsic lava flows towards the Andes.
This desert is rich in metallic mineral resources that humans need such as copper, gold, silver and iron as well as non metallic minerals including important deposits of boron, lithium, sodium nitrate and potassium salts. The Salar de Atacama is a place where bischofite is extracted. (Look it up birds. Its too much to explain here).
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