Whales, beaching and shamans

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There was a close relationship between the Selk’nam and the whales. Could shamans make these huge animals get stranded on the beach? 
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Film Review: "Patagonia Rising"

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As the Patagonia Sin Represas campaign continues to deal blows to HidroAysen’s plan to dam two of Chilean Patagonia’s wildest rivers, a new documentary is educating audiences in Chile and the U.S. about the complexities of this issue.  “Patagonia Rising,” directed by Brian Lilla, and produced by Greg Miller and Scott Douglas, illuminates the many facets of the struggle to save Patagonia’s rivers.
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Bariloche: Winter wonderland once more

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Normally in July, Bariloche, Argentina, is a month into ski season. Cerro Catedral, Bariloche’s launch point into the Andes Mountains, overflows with ski schools, tourists, and locals all vying to ski the resort’s groomed slopes, backcountry trails, and terrain park. But this winter has been marred by the potent combination of Chile’s Puyehue Volcano eruption, whose ashes have disrupted flights all over Argentina, and a rare lack of snow.

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Whale watching in Argentine Patagonia

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The Southern Right Whales come to the Golfo San Jose and the Golfo Nuevo, the two inland gulfs of the Peninsula Valdes which juts out into the Southern Atlantic Coast of Argentine Patagonia, between September and early December of each year for two reasons which are closely related: to mate and to raise their calves.

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Species Profile: Old Man’s Beard Lichen

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You won’t meet many lichen-watchers, with binoculars focused on tree trucks and rock faces.  The Discovery Channel rarely profiled lichens alongside footage of lions and tigers stalking their prey.  Most of us probably don’t remember the name of a single species of lichen. Nonetheless, lichens are some of the most unique organisms on the planet, and Old Man’s Beard (Usnea barbata) represents one of the most prevalent and characteristic species in Patagonian forest ecosystems.
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