Sea Run Browns

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Editors Note: The following is from Issue 11.
By Rodrigo Sandoval
The geographical and physical characteristics of rivers and lakes in Patagonia have proven their prime conditions for growing remarkable specimens of both trout and salmon. This also includes the world-famous sea run browns, managing to attract anglers from different latitudes to windy and harsh-weather locations, especially to the southern tip of South America. 

Second Patagonia Winter Games called success

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Text by Ignacio Palma and James Alfaro
Photos by James Alfaro
Translated by Graham Dane
The current drought in Chilean Patagonia was the "ghost at the feast" at the close of the Second Patagonia Winter Games.  On the final day, the organizers were expecting snowfall so as to increase the scant covering of accumulated snow and therefore permit the holding of world qualifiers for the Freeride World Tour. But it just rained, saturating the snowpack and forcing the cancellation of those events for safety reasons.

The impact of heatwaves in Patagonia

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By Martín Jacques-Coper
Translated by Katy Harris

Time to protect the Futaleufu and Cordillera Sarmiento

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By Don Weeden, Jack Miller and Camilo Rada
Editors note: The following is from Edition 11.  
We don’t need to tell the readers of Patagon Journal that Chile is blessed with an abundance of extraordinary natural places. Fortunately, many such places are protected as national parks, or as nature sanctuaries (Pumalin Park is the best known example).

Alternative energy potential in Chilean Patagonia

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Photo: Marcelo MascareñoPhoto: Marcelo Mascareño
By Grant Devine
Chile is blessed with an abundance of renewable energy resources. Non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) is defined by Chile’s energy ministry as energy derived from solar, wind, small-hydro (less than 20MW), biomass, biogas, geothermal and marine sources. The vast potential of these resources along Chile’s varied geography has inspired confidence in Michelle Bachelet’s government to set a target of acquiring 70% of its energy from renewable source by 2050. While an ambitious goal, their confidence is not misplaced. In a recent tender by the Chilean National Energy Commission for contracts to supply 1,200 gigawatt hours of energy to unregulated customers in Chile, wind and solar outbid coal and fossil fuels with lower prices to win 100% of the contracts. With such promising economics, foreign and domestic capital has poured into the country’s renewable sector, which saw $3.4 billion in investment in 2015, up 141% from the previous year.[1] Chile’s renewable energy market is changing the game and has placed itself at the forefront of the global effort to mitigate climate change.
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