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Chile Created 5 New National Parks To Conserve Patagonia

By Brian Spaen

Patagonia is a sparsely-populated location near the bottom of South America that’s shared by Argentina and Chile. The area is known for its untouched landscape and beautiful national parks, making it a common tourist attraction for many. Thanks to a massive private land donation to the Chilean government, much of this location will continue to be preserved.

On Monday, Chilean president Michelle Bachelet announced the major expansion of parklands that will preserve the rainforests and grasslands in the area. Over one million acres donated by American philanthropists will join the Chilean government’s nine-acre contribution that was federally owned. National parks in Chile will represent just over 80 percent of the country’s protected areas.