2/2017 | MONITOR | 27 The largest photovoltaic system in Latin America “Amanecer Solar CAP” in Chile - monitored by Bender The Atacama Desert, one of the driest landscapes on earth, runs approximately 1,200 km along the Pacific coast of South America. There are places here which do not register rain for decades. With so little rainfall, many places along this coastal desert remain completely uninhabited. Only the large deposits of lithium, copper, silver, gold, and platinum have led to industrial settlements, which form Chile’s present economic backbone. The most important producer of iron ore and pellets on the American Pacific coast and the largest steel producer in Chile is the CAP Group.