VIDEO : WATCH: Chile’s solely Atacama Desert threatened by piles of garbage

It could be one of many driest locations on Earth. A brutal and alien panorama the place life appears unattainable.

However Chile’s enormous Atacama Desert is a novel and fragile ecosystem that specialists say is threatened by the piles of waste dumped there from world wide.

Mountains of discarded clothes, a shoe graveyard and row upon row of wrecked tires and automobiles mar no less than three desert areas in northern Chile.

“We’re now not simply the native yard, however fairly the world’s yard, which is worse,” says Patricio Ferreira, mayor of the desert city of Alto Hospicio.

Chile has lengthy been a hub for secondhand and unsold clothes from Europe, Asia and the USA, which is both bought all through Latin America or results in landfills within the desert.

Pushed by the world’s insatiable urge for food for quick trend, this chain noticed greater than 46,000 tons of used clothes funneled into the Iquique Free Commerce Zone in northern Chile final 12 months.

Full of chemical substances and taking as much as 200 years to biodegrade, activists say the clothes pollutes the soil, air and groundwater.