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Patagonian Desert

Listed under Deserts in Patagonia, Argentina.

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Long before the Andes soared skyward out of the Argentinian ground, the 670,000 square km cold, frequently frost-covered Patagonian Desert of plains and basalt sheets was smothered in dense rainforest. Much of this forest was swamped by lava and fossilized where it stood, which is why the Patagonian Desert now contains the world's best-preserved petrified trees.

Wind-sculpted rocks, ancient cave paintings and the presence of the mighty Andean condor imbue the icy Patagonian Desert landscape with an even greater sense of ancient beauty.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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what are 10 living organisms that live in the Patagonian Desert?

I'm doing a report on the Pantagonian Desert's weather in school. Is it mostly cold there? Would you recommend others to go visit?

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It is hot during the day and cold during the night

what is the meaning of the word 'patagonia' in local language?

as in the case of 'taklamakan', does patagonia also have a meaning to itself?

Are there any concrete sculptures anywhere in the Patagonia desert?

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Not that I'm aware of...? What kind of concrete sculptures do you think there might be?

how long has the pantagonian desert been on earth?

i would like to know how lond the pantagonian desert has been on earth?

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About 65 million years. It was formed at the same time as the Andes.

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