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Chile Chile, officially the Republic of Chile (Spanish: República de Chile), is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Search with google:AndesAndes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Search with google:Drake PassageDrake Passage in the far south. Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Search with google:Juan FernándezJuan Fernández , Search with google:Salas y GómezSalas y Gómez , Search with google:DesventuradasDesventuradas , and Easter Island in Oceania.
Chile also claims about 1,250,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi) of Search with google:AntarcticaAntarctica , although all claims are suspended under the Search with google:Antarctic TreatyAntarctic Treaty .
Chile's northern desert contains great mineral wealth, principally copper.
The relatively small central area dominates in terms of population and agricultural resources, and is the cultural and political center from which Chile expanded in the late 19th century when it incorporated its northern and southern regions.
Southern Chile is rich in forests and grazing lands, and features a string of volcanoes and lakes.
The southern coast is a labyrinth of fjords, inlets, canals, twisting peninsulas, and islands.
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