Thursday, June 2, 2011

City Profile 008: Santiago, Chile


Coordinates: 33°27′0″S 70°40′0″W
Elevation: 520 meters (1,706 feet)
Daily Mean Temp: 14.38 Celsius (57.9 Fahrenheit)
Metro Population: 7.2 million
Estimated 2025 Metro Population: 8 million
Risks: Overpopulation, political center and therefor prone to conflict, water issues, pollution, poor air quality, high cost of energy, huge earthquake risk.
Advantages: Low risk of external conflict/attack, capital of a country with a regional history of civilization going back thousands of years, largely missed the global recession, highest human development in South America, relatively mild climate, good economic growth.
Resources: Immediate: Regional: Fertile land, copper, hydropower, timber, precious metals, ,  nitrates, iron ore, molybdenum.
Other: One hour from the beautiful Chilean coast and the historic city of Valparaíso (sometimes called little San Francisco). Mediterranean region similar to California or Italy.

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