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Land and Resources, Rivers and Lakes

Biobio, Elqui, Maipo, Aconcagua, important rivers

The many rivers of Chile are relatively short, generally rising in the Andes and flowing west to the Pacific. In the northern and central regions the rivers are fed primarily by the perpetual snow cover of the Andes. The most important rivers (from north to south) are the Loa, Elqui, Aconcagua, Maipo, Maule, Biobio, and Imperial. Although of limited value for navigation because of cascades, the rivers are vital for the irrigation waters and hydroelectric power they furnish. Many of Chile’s major lakes, including Lake Llanquihue, are concentrated in the scenic lake district of the southern region.



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Biobio, Elqui, Maipo, Aconcagua, important rivers, Maule, hydroelectric power, Andes, cascades, Loa, southern region, Imperial, limited value, Pacific, navigation

 
 

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