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Respecting Culture and Nature

Beautiful, fully illustrated book about the fauna and flora in the Chilean Chajnantor plain
21 x 28cms, 84 pages,
bilingual Spanish / English.
Download (PDF file, 6.25MB)

Although it is one of the most ambitious high-technology scientific projects, activities on the ALMA site not only focus on building the world’s most advanced and challenging astronomical ground-based observatory. Historical and environmental aspects in this unique region are of concern.

The remains of a small local settlement located along the access road at km 21 have been rebuilt taking into account the advice of the last owner and after consulting an archaeologist from San Pedro. The place serves now as a museum and an interpretive centre for local cultures and history.

Wildlife in these altitudes is protected. Colonies of Vizcachas, a local species of rodents, were identified along the ALMA-AOS access road at km 30. Local Chilean Authorities are carefully monitoring the movements of these colonies. The goal is that ALMA Site construction will not disturb wildlife.