¡Patagonia Chilena sin represas!

While we were in Chile mapping the future Patagonia National Park, we created thirty immersive panoramic images, each made up of forty photographs. These panoramas will be embedded in the interactive map we’re producing right now.

We’d like to share one of our favorites with you today.

Click on the preview image below to immerse yourself in the confluence of the Baker and Chacabuco rivers. The Baker (left) is Chile’s largest river by volume. The Chacabuco (right) flows through Valle Chacabuco, where we spent the austral summer mapping the future Patagonia National Park.

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The confluence of the Baker and Chacabuco rivers. Click on the image to launch the immersive panorama. Photo and panorama by Marty Schnure and Ross Donihue.

While we were in Patagonia doing our field work this past season, that sandbar at the mouth of the Chacabuco was our favorite spot to swim, fish, and hang out in a free afternoon. It’s a great place to cool off in the breeze, gaze up at Andean Condors soaring overhead, and marvel at the beauty of two totally free-flowing rivers. It’s also the site of a proposed hydroelectric dam, one of five proposed mega-dams on two of Patagonia’s–and the world’s–wildest and most pristine rivers.

We hope that with this panorama, we can connect you with this place, even if just for a moment.

The five proposed dams, the accompanying 1,188 miles of transmission lines, and the political decisions that have made them possible have sparked a huge and inspiring international movement to protect the rivers. The many groups and individuals working on the campaign are united under the slogan ¡Patagonia sin represas! (Patagonia without dams!). While we were there, we were excited to have the opportunity to take part in one of the sin represas gatherings at the confluence.

Further upstream at the confluence of the Baker and the Neff. If the dam were to be built, this waterfall would become a reservoir. Photo by Rick Schnure.

Further upstream at the confluence of the Baker and the Neff. If the dam were to be built, this waterfall would become a reservoir. Photo by Rick Schnure.

To conclude, we’d like to share a video from today’s post on Patagonia-the-company’s blog, The Cleanest Line. The post, authored by Chilean activist Juan Pablo Orrego, kicks off a weekly video series to highlight four different aspects of the fight against the hydroelectric dam project. Here’s this week’s video by Rios Libres:

For more information about the dam project and the movement against it, check out Rios Libres. We also highly recommend watching Patagonia Rising, a documentary available on Netflix.

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5 responses to “¡Patagonia Chilena sin represas!

  1. That is so beautiful!! Two areas of concern: make the best possible map that you guys can, worry about a hydro electric dam. Finish your primary task. You are so talented.

  2. I remember our picnics at both confluencias and love those places, so much that I took 1500 pictures of the water rushing over the rocks at the Baker and Neff. Remember when the tent blew away from the beach at the Chacabuco and Baker?

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