Conservacion Patagonica IDIOMA: ESPAƑOL

Geography

The name "Patagonia" carries with it a great mystique, but drawing the exact borders of Patagonia is a challenge. Patagonia is neither its own nation nor a specific province of Chile or Argentina. Although some sources claim all of southerly Chile and Argentina for Patagonia, the more precise definition is the ecological region of arid and semi-arid steppe grasslands at a high latitude.

95% of this Patagonia ecosystem lies on the Argentine side of the border. The Andes not only separate Chile and Argentina, but also create a stark climatic divide between the west and east. On the western (Chilean) side of the Cordillera, the wet climate supports one of the world's few temperate rainforests, a lush jungle of endemic trees. To the east, the much-drier Argentine Patagonia is largely a broad tertiary plateau of arid and semi-arid grasslands, scoured by incessant winds.

The arid Patagonian Steppe ecosystem
on the eastern border of the park

Southern beech forests in the wetter
western area of the park

The future Patagonia National Park lies in a unique area where the ecosystem characteristic of Argentine Patagonia extends into Chile, meeting the wetter forests. The Chacabuco Valley, the center of the future park, is one of the few east-west valleys in the region creating an ecologically rich transition zone between the two ecosystems. This unique ecotone represents a critical area to conserve and restore for the sake of Patagonia's native flora and fauna.